Marc-André’s Visión is New Route on Torre Egger

Marc-André Leclerc spotted the route in 2016 and hoped to attempt it one day, but tragically he died in a climbing accident in 2018

February 11th, 2020 by | Posted in News, Profiles |

Brette Harrington has completed a line up the East Pillar of Torre Egger in Patagonia with Quentin Roberts and Horacio Gratton called Marc-André’s Visión. Marc-André Leclerc passed away in a climbing accident in Alaska in the spring of 2018 with partner Ryan Johnson.

In February 2019, Harrington said, “The line curves delicately up the lower East Pillar of Torre Egger, connecting into Titanic. Marc had seen this line while soloing Torre Egger in 2016 and together we were hoping to return and climb it. This was a line I couldn’t do alone, so I called up my friend Quentin Roberts and he joined me in establishing the lower pillar this season which connects into Titanic.”

Patagonia hasn’t had a lot of good weather windows this year, but climbers got a lucky break this past week. “This is what I was up to for the past five days,” Harrington updated everyone with in an Instagram post on Feb. 11, read more below. They had climbed the cruxes last year and pushed it to the summit this year. The lower pitches go at 5.12+, see the lower post from 2019 for pitch descriptions.

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This is what I was up to for the past 5 days. Along with @quentinclimbing and @horaciogratton we finished our line called Marc-Andrés Visión on the East Pillar of Torre Egger by linking it into the upper Titanic Headwall, to the summit. Cold and icy conditions made the climbing quite challenging, often by use of one crampon on the left foot and one rock shoe on the right foot, one ice axe, and bare hands. 4 days on the wall has left me feeling so very content with our effort and patience as we waited for the wall to clean itself of ice. This would not have been possible without the endless inspiration from @mdre92 . I did not stop thinking of him up there soloing this mountain alone in winter of 2016. #ClimbOnMA , you amaze me more and more as I retrace your steps through the mountains. I will love you forever. @thenorthface @thenorthface_climb @julboeyewearna @goodtogofoods @firstascentcb @dmm_wales @lasportivana #mammutavalanchesafety #Torreegger #alpineclimbing #elchalten #argentina🇦🇷

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MA’s Visión (Marc-André’s Vision) is a line which curves delicately up the lower East Pillar of Torre Egger, connecting into Titanic. Marc had seen this line while soloing Torre Egger in 2016 and together we were hoping to return and climb it. This was a line I couldn’t do alone, so I called up my friend @quentinlroberts and he joined me in establishing the lower pillar this season which connects into Titanic. We are motivated to return and complete the line to the summit. Here are some photos to share some inspiration for the route . P1: Quentin climbing up to me on pitch 6, 11c. P2: i’m about to embark on the crux pitch 7, 12c. P3: Quentin climbing up to me on the upper headwall in new terrain. P4: Me at the mini bivy. P5: Quentin working on an artistic topo. P7: the east pillar of Torre Egger. I’m sad to be leaving my Patagonian summer home. I will miss all of my marvelous friends and family. @arcteryx @lasportivana @julbo_eyewear @dmm_wales #arcteryx #Torreegger #patagoniargentina #alpineclimbing

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