This season, Chris Farrah and Tyler Karow climbed the famous Patagonian peak Fitz Roy via the historic Franco-Argentina route up the southeast face.
“This was my first climb in the Chalten Massif and it was a very humbling experience even though we bagged a summit,” said Karow. “We climbed the route in a 22-hour push from Paso Superior on Feb. 4, 2022 and spent the following four or so days in isolation recovering from Covid.”
Karow noted that two other climbers summited a couple hours after them and had to bivy at La Silla. “They came back to camp at Paso Superior the next morning in the rain after what sounded like a miserable night,” said Karow. “This place is otherworldly.”
Fitz Roy, also known as Cerro Chaltén, sits on the border between Argentina and Chile in the Southern Patagonian Icefield, near the village of El Chaltén. The first ascent was in 1952 by French alpinists Lionel Terray and Guido Magnone.