SKAGIT ALPINISM

Torre Egger, east pillar

December 31st, 2011

For Christmas Papa Noel brought yet another weather window to El Chalten, and on Dec. 24th Jorge Ackermann and I hiked into the Torre valley again, intent on trying the east pillar of Torre Egger, which we had previously attempted a few weeks earlier. We spent Christmas Eve at the Norwegos bivouac, and on Christmas morning hiked up the glacier to the base of Torre Egger’s east pillar. We climbed the O’Neil-Martin variation of the […]

We skirted the worst part of the summit mushroom by traversing to the left. Colin traversing to the left, with Cerro Torre behind

Aguja St. Exupery, Aguja de l’S and the “Seven Summits”

December 16th, 2011

On my second trip to Patagonia, in 2005 with my friend Mark Westman, we had many days of good climbing weather. Thus, we had a very busy, fruitful trip, and I was able to complete a goal of mine at the time: to climb the seven main summits of the Fitz Roy ridgeline. This group of peaks includes Aguja Guillaumet, Aguja Mermoz, Fitz Roy, Aguja Poincenot, Aguja Innominata, Aguja St. Exupery and Aguja de l’S. […]

Taking a break on a ledge part-way up the Kearney-Harrington

Aguja Innominata (aka Aguja Rafael) Solo

December 10th, 2011

After my Standhardt adventure with Jorge, I got in two days of rest in town before another mini-window appeared in the forecast, and I hiked back into the Torre Valley. I spent the night of Dec. 7 at the Polacos bivouac, and departed at 5:00 am the next morning for a solo attempt on the Anglo-American route on Aguja Innominata (aka Aguja Rafael). This past summer in Squamish I dedicated some time to teaching myself […]

And yet again, a Torre valley rainbow!

Cerro Standhardt, El Caracol

December 6th, 2011

On November 30th, I hiked into the Torre Valley with my friend Jorge Ackerman, who is from Bariloche, but has been living in Squamish for the past year. We hoped to climb Torre Egger via the O’Neil-Martin route, so continued past Niponino to the Norwegos bivouac. On December 1st we left Norwegos early, and hiked up the glacier to start climbing at 5:30am. I made a route-finding mistake on the first few pitches, which cost […]

Jorge leading the first pitch above the Standhardt Col