New Route on Cerro Torre

By Dougald MacDonald ,

The new route climbs to the prominent snow patch in the lower right and then directly to the top.Courtesy of

The Italian Ermanno Salvaterra has led a team of three up the East Face of Cerro Torre via a new route, his latest conquest in a 20-year affair with Patagonia. Salvaterra, Alessandro Beltrami, and Giacomo Rossetti reached the summit on Nov. 14 after a week-long final push on the 4,000-foot wall. In 2001, Salvaterra climbed about 2,600 feet of the route, the second on the East Face. Salvaterra, 49, first attempted Cerro Torre in 1982 and climbed the peak in 1983. Along with many other ascents in Patagonia during the ensuing two decades, he made the first winter ascent of Cerro Torre in 1985 and climbed the South Face via the route Infinito Sud in 1995.

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