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Chaltén 2015-2016

By Colin Haley   |   Apr 26, 2016 April 26, 2016

My previous Patagonia climbing season, climbing last year mostly with Marc-André Leclerc and Alex Honnold, had been my most successful yet. Among a bunch of other activity was the first ascent of the Travesía del Oso Buda, the first repeat and direct variation to El Arca de los Vientos, and… Read More

Above: Patagonia 2015. Photo: Mikey Schaefer

The Vida Patagonia

By Rolando Garibotti   |   Jan 18, 2016 January 18, 2016

Rolo and a handful of stoked Patagonia ambassadors and friends will be sharing images and stories of their adventures throughout the Patagonia climbing season. Follow along at patagonia.com/vidapatagonia. If you’re planning to make a climbing trip to the area, tag your photos with… Read More

Above: A year of obsession and planning results in getting here and seeing this. On the road to El Chaltén, Argentina. Patagonia. Photo: Matthew Van Biene

Unraveling

By Austin Siadak   |   Jan 12, 2016 January 12, 2016

The pig squeals and groans in protest as I wrestle it back onto my sweaty body. I groan even louder. Seventy pounds of ropes, cams, pins, beaks, portaledges, tents, food, fuel and everything else for a month-long big-wall expedition bulge from my haul bag, digging deep into my spine. Read More

Colin Haley climbs Afanassieff Ridge on the west face of Chaltén. Photo: Austin Siadak

Images from the Chaltén Climbing Season

By Colin Haley   |   Apr 26, 2018 April 26, 2018

On the Argentine side of the Patagonian Andes, the Chaltén Massif is a dense range of extremely steep mountains, famous for Cerro Torre and Chaltén itself (the native name for the peak also known as Fitz Roy). I have been coming to this mountain range on an annual basis since… Read More

Above: The main summit of Cerro San Lorenzo. The right skyline is roughly the South African route. Photo: Colin Haley

#VidaPatagonia – Hunger Games at Cerro San Lorenzo

By Colin Haley   |   Dec 24, 2014 December 24, 2014

After years of climbing exclusively in the Chalten Massif, I have finally exposed myself to another location in the Patagonian Andes. I spent most of November underneath Cerro San Lorenzo, Patagonia’s second-highest peak, with my longtime friend Rob Smith. While El Chalten becomes a bit more like Chamonix every… Read More

Above: The Torres with Aguja Desmochada in the foreground. All photos by Colin Haley

Here We Go… Another Climbing Season in Patagonia

Dec 13, 2013 December 13, 2013

“See you down there, f***er!” writes Ole Lied – a gigantic, hard-drinking, Norwegian party animal. He dresses in dark Scandinavian leather, stuffs his mouth with snus (little tea-bags of chewing tobacco, quite popular in northern Europe), and every now and then works himself into a berserker rage, attacking big,… Read More

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