Yep, right there in the desert two hours drive from my house. Great venue when the weather over the ice cap is bad, a not uncommon event. Route potential up to 700 feet. So far there are around 22 or 23 pitches with four excellent multi pitch climbs in the 5.11a to 11d range and some nice single pitch climbs starting at 5.8+.
First developed by myself and fellow Americans Jay Smith, Jim Turner, Roger Schimmel and Weston Boyles, the area got a real boost this year from visiting Brits Dave Brown and John Crook who established three excellent new multi pitch routes up to 11d. I wasn't able to climb on the first trip due to a tweaked back muscle but got in some licks on the second foray with Dave, John and Angela a couple of days ago.
Two hours hiking brings you to basecamp at a good spring with only soaring condors and noisy guanacos to disturb your solitude. Not concerned about this TR leading to overcrowding as the area is far from the fleshpots of El Chalten and the Torres de Paine.
Future development likely to come from local Andres Bozollo who has likely developed a trained cadre of young climbers in Chile Chico.
Approx. three bolts have been placed for pro and there are a few bolted belays but the area is 99% place your own gear bro. Definetly bring wires.
Enjoy the following pics....climbing in undiscovered Patagonia. Have some other things going........which will remain enshrouded in mystery.
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Trip ReportLa Pyramide...Patagonia's Devils Tower on steroids.
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