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Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll made the first ascent of the 4,000-metre 5.11 traverse in February

Over five days in February 2021, Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll completed the first solo traverse of the Fitz Roy massif in Patagonia. He set out on Feb. 5 with borrowed gear, a borrowed rope, and a few essentials—including his tin whistle—to accomplish what is now being called one of the most impressive climbs ever done in Patagonia.

With a nod to the first ascent of the Fitz Traverse by Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold from the north end of the massif to the south in 2014, Sean called his south-to-north route The Moonwalk Traverse. It follows over four kilometres of technical climbing up to 5.11. He made the traverse with only one rope, which was nearly unusable by the end.

The Moonwalk Traverse