Americans Bag Unclimbed Patagonian Peak

By Dougald MacDonald ,

Adios Ayer (5.10-, 400m) gains the horizontal ridge on the right, and then follows the right skyline to the summit of Gemelo Alto. Photo courtesy of Dave Turner.

News Link: Dave Turner and Mark Matthews completed the probable first ascent of a small granite tower in the Paine region of Chilean Patagonia. The two climbed Gemelo Alto in the French Valley, via a 10-pitch route called Adios Ayer (5.10-, 400m). See Turner’s account of this climb and an attempt on Cerro Fortaleza at The Californian’s primary objective for this season is a solo new route on the enormous south face of the South Tower of Paine.

Date of Ascent: December 2008

Sources: Dave Turner,

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