Markus Pucher has made the first winter solo of Aguja Guillaumet in Patagonia, during a very snowy year.
On Sept. 8, the strong Austrian climber reached the top of the 2,579-metre peak, which was first climbed in the mid-1960s.
Pucher reported about his ascent of The Amy/Vidailhet route on Facebook, saying, “I started climbing in heavy snowstorm and finally I stood on the summit in bright sunshine. My adventure and photos will follow soon. A big thank you to Rolo Garibotti for the weather forecast.”
This is not Pucher’s first historic climb in Patagonia, in September of 2016, he made the first winter ascent of Cerro Pollone. In December 2014, he soloed Cerrot Torre.
Canadian Marc-Andre Leclerc is also in Patagonia with Slovenian Luka Lindic attempting new winter routes.
But heavy snow falls have kept the two strong alpinists from completing their project, which they made good progress on before being shut-down by a wide crack.
@lindicluka gunning for the ice on a project I've been drooling over for a couple years. We could have thrown a snowball and touched the ice, but alas it was guarded by an overhanging, snowed up #6 offwidth and our biggest cam was a #3. Time to beg, borrow or steal some wide gear so we can return! #lyofood #julboeyewear #arcteryx #dmmclimbing #maximropes