Haley: First Solo of Cerro Standhardt

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Exocet on Cerro Standhardt. Photo courtesy of colinhaley.blogspot.com

Exocet on Cerro Standhardt. Photo courtesy of colinhaley.blogspot.com

Colin Haley on the summit of Cerro Standhardt. Photo courtesy of colinhaley.blogspot.com

Colin Haley on the summit of Cerro Standhardt. Photo courtesy of colinhaley.blogspot.com

12/1/10 - News link: Last week, Colin Haley made the first solo ascent of Cerro Standhardt via the Exocet route during a two-day good-weather window in Argentinean Patagonia.

Early Saturday morning, the American climber climbed to the Standhardt-Bifida col to the start of Exocet (5.9 WI5). He rope-soloed the first pitch's mixed terrain, then soloed the ramp system that crosses the peak's east face, arriving at a four-pitch chimney through the granite headwall. He free-soloed the first, second, and most of the fourth pitches (WI4, WI5, and WI4), and self-belayed on the third (WI5) when he began to feel tired.

He rope-soloed the next pitch, a slabby, mixed section that leads to the summit mushroom, reaching the top at 4 p.m. after 12 hours of climbing. A straightforward descent took him back to his tent at Niponino camp before the weather broke.

For more details and photos, visit colinhaley.blogspot.com.

Date of ascent: November 27, 2010

Source: colinhaley.blogspot.com