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Haizea is New Splitter Alpine Line in Patagonia

Brothers Iker and Eneko Pou have made the first ascent of the new 550-metre Haizea V 5.12c on Aguja de la S in the Fitz Roy range of Patagonia.

In true Pou bro fashion, they made an excellent short video of their first ascent up the stunning line that has rock, ice and snow. The clips they captured reveal how creative and striking the route they follow is.

The weather in Patagonia has not given climbers many windows for climbing and many serious climbers have been left stranded in El Chalten.

The Pou brothers climbed their route in alpine-style in a day and it’s the second route they established in Patagonia with Aupa 40 on the East Face of Aguja Guillaumet being their first.

They have also climbed the classics Supercanaleta on Fitz Roy and Via dei Ragni on Cerro Torre over the years.

Also in Patagonia, Siebe Vanhee and Maco Didier made the first free ascent of the old 1989 aid route called Patagónicos Desesperados on Poincenot. The route was onsighted the following day by Leonardo Gheza with help from Andrea Tocchini.

And on Cerro Torre, Leo Billon, Max Bonniot and Pierre Labbre repeated David Lama’s free route up the southeast ridge, but had troubles due to ice in the cracks. They reached the summit after two days.

Haizea First Ascent