Trip Report
South African Route, Torres del Paine, Patagonia. January 2012.
Saturday March 24, 2012 11:28pm
A life full of different emotions and experiences is a life well-lived. This climb, however, created emotions that I hope no-one will ever experience.

It all began on the summit of El Cap, a place where all great ideas are formed. Basking in the glory of a relatively epic-less ascent of the notorious Reticent Wall, Callum and I confidently believed that we could climb anything. It was time for us to put our Yosemite training to use in the much bigger, more remote mountains of Patagonia. The mythical Paine towers dominated our thoughts just like they dominate the landscape that surrounds them. The tantalizing 4000 foot east face of the Central Tower was calling our names.

The 4000 foot east face of the Central Tower
The 4000 foot east face of the Central Tower
Credit: Neil Chelton

We calculated that if we continued living in our van, worked continuously without paying taxes and sold some of our belongings, then we could theoretically make the trip happen. Dreams began to turn into reality and I soon found myself breaking the news to an unhappy girlfriend. If I was away for months in Patagonia, she would never speak to me again. There was only one thing I could do; I booked a one-way flight later that morning.

Hiking to the base
Hiking to the base
Credit: Neil Chelton

The quaint town of Puerto Natales is the gateway to the iconic Paine towers. We found a place to stay that was within our budget; a dog sh#t minefield behind someone's house with just enough space to pitch our tent. This became our base for the next 3 months.

We hitch-hiked to the Torres del Paine National Park and did a quick 'warm-up' climb of the North Tower to get acquainted with the rock and climate. This went surprisingly well so we returned to town boasting to anyone who would listen and prepared for the Central Tower. We chose The South African route because it was the only climb that we could find a topo for.

We bought a 3-week supply of food and made repairs to our torn haulbags. I cut the legs off my jeans and super-glued them onto our portaledge fly to re-enforce the part that touches the rock. But really, this was just an excuse to make a pair of denim hot pants.

Starting up the South African route
Starting up the South African route
Credit: Neil Chelton

For 7 days, we carried haulbags of stuff through boulderfields, across glaciers and past groups of confused hikers to reach the base of the Central Tower. The conditions were terrible, a rescue would be impossible and we didn't quite have enough equipment, but these were not sufficient reasons for staying on the ground. I was afraid of what I wouldn't find if I didn't go.

A few pitches up
A few pitches up
Credit: Neil Chelton

The route started with 10 pitches of moderate free-climbing on poor quality chossy slabs. On the second day our new 70m lead rope rubbed over a sharp edge and wore through to the core, effectually creating two 35m ropes. Usually, teams climb this tower with 10 or more ropes, enabling them to fix many pitches above camp with the security of having a quick escape if necessary. We now only had 2 old ropes. Also, our portaledge had broken in the 'set-up' position, meaning that whoever cleaned the pitch had to have a fully set up portaledge attached to the back of their harness. Comical at first, strong winds and loose rock soon made this task remarkably dangerous.

A rare spell of great weather
A rare spell of great weather
Credit: Neil Chelton

During rain storms, we entertained ourselves by counting the drips leaking through our portaledge fly. On average, 2.6 drips per second would leak through. This equates to 1 gallon every 10 hours. With the language barrier, we had mistakenly bought condensed milk instead of honey, cat food instead of tuna and 7 kilos of congealed wheat clumps instead of pasta. Morale was drifting down, this was not fun.

Jim the wall dog peeks out to check the weather.
Jim the wall dog peeks out to check the weather.
Credit: Neil Chelton

Credit: Neil Chelton

The fierce Patagonian weather lived up to its reputation. It's the only place that I've been where it snows upwards during mid-summer. Everything always had to be anchored down and 'portaledge surfing' became a daily event. It was like camping on a busy airplane runway, except not as safe.

A standard summers day in Patagonia.
A standard summers day in Patagonia.
Credit: Neil Chelton

Callum enjoys having a fag in his mouth
Callum enjoys having a fag in his mouth
Credit: Neil Chelton

On the third morning we were awakened by the sound of a thunderous rockfall. Directly across from us, hundreds of feet of rock had fallen off and exploded down the face into the glacier where we were standing just 3 days before. Every day, rocks would fall and equipment would break. The climbing itself was relatively straightforward compared to the objective dangers around us.

Credit: Neil Chelton

Credit: Neil Chelton

After 7 or 8 days on the wall, we reached our high camp. From there we planned to fix ropes as high as possible and then make a push for the summit when the weather allowed. Callum climbed the pitch above our camp; An icy crack system with a vertical stream-crossing half way up. From the belay above he warned me that I should "probably bring some waterproofs" since I would be leading the following pitch. I "couldn't be bothered" to get my waterproofs out of the haulbag, but after 30 minutes of vertical swimming I was regretting my laziness. The pitch went through an icy waterfall chimney with the crux being within the main flow. Water was gushing into my face, seeping through my clothes and pouring out through the holes in my shoes. I was splashing around in the chimneys entrance for an eternity until eventually I managed to get a cam to stick in a flared crack between ice and rock, I clipped my aiders to it, high stepped and fist jammed out of the vertical river. The pitch went on seemingly forever and strong winds ensured that an igloo formed on my outer layer of clothes.

Credit: Neil Chelton

Credit: Neil Chelton

On the morning of day 10 we awoke to find an extremely rare, perfectly calm, clear sky. Great timing for our summit push. We ascended our fixed ropes and simul-climbed to the summit, making the 4th ascent of the route. The summit of the Central Tower had only existed in our dreams until that moment. The view was incredible, but there was no real celebration. We had merely reached the half-way point of our climb. We shook hands, posed for photographs and then began what turned out to be a 3-day long nightmare descent.

Summit of the Central Tower
Summit of the Central Tower
Credit: Neil Chelton

We 'zig-zag rappelled' on the descent to avoid being hit by rockfall when pulling our ropes. This technique proved to be extremely valuable, especially on the lower slabs. With 3 rappels to go, strong winds had blown our ropes on a ledge directly above us. Cautiously, we pulled the ropes through. Small pebbles fell down and bounced off our helmets with each gentle pull. Suddenly a booming groan echoed from deep within the tower. I looked up and saw the image that continues to haunt me every time I close my eyes. An enormous jagged rock slid to the end of the ledge. It slowly turned to look at us with revengeful, evil eyes, angry that we had awakened it from a thousand year sleep. I watched in disbelief as the monster tumbled from the ledge and rapidly accelerated directly towards us. There was no escape. It crashed straight into us.

Credit: Neil Chelton

The huge rock exploded into our belay, smashing into my leg on a kamikaze mission into the slabs below. Numb with adrenaline, I couldn't feel the pain at first. I didn't dare to look incase my leg had been severed. But that was the least of our worries..

The rock had almost completely stripped our belay. All our haulbags, all of our equipment, my life and the life of my best friend were now hanging solely from a single strand of frayed 5mm cord wrapped around an ancient, rusty piton. Callum frantically began rebuilding the belay while I hung motionless, my brain unable to comprehend what had just happened. We should have died. Intense pain began to set in, my skin turned pale grey, I was quickly losing consciousness. All 3 of our ropes were now shredded to the point of uselessness, and the rest of the descent is a distant blur in my memory. Always the strongest member of the team, Callum ensured we got down.

Credit: Neil Chelton

I suppose I went to Patagonia to continue escaping my greatest fear; Conforming to a life of steady jobs, materialism, paying a mortgage and changing diapers. Previous big-wall routes have been incredibly powerful, defining moments of my life. I thought that by doing a harder climb, I would have even greater experiences. Instead, I found myself dealing with post-traumatic stress and contemplating the meaning of life.


I haven't climbed since.


Here's a short video:

http://vimeo.com/41232209

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Neil Chelton
About the Author
Neil Chelton is a retired climber from England. He currently lives in a van in Boulder, Colorado.

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Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
  Mar 24, 2012 - 11:36pm PT
But will you?


Quite the epic, but how was the cat food?
marty(r)

climber
beneath the valley of ultravegans
  Mar 24, 2012 - 11:38pm PT
Fecking hell, lads! Congratulations on not going to the other side. Fatten up, listen to Robbie Williams, take up golf. Do whatever is afforded those who live on borrowed time.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
  Mar 24, 2012 - 11:47pm PT
epic. wow. TFPU!
Gagner

climber
Boulder
  Mar 24, 2012 - 11:51pm PT
Neil - Not the ending I was expecting ..... good on ya for getting after it ..... In my experience It is rarely the "climbing" difficulty that makes stuff in the "big" mountains difficult, or deadly. It's fate, and sh#t like what happened to you on this climb - stuff that's hard to plan for, but that's always lurking around the corner. I expect you love climbing and the mountains enough to get back after it - way to do a cool route in a bitching place.

Paul
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
  Mar 24, 2012 - 11:56pm PT
Awesome!- and you are even retired.
A5scott

Trad climber
Chicago
  Mar 25, 2012 - 12:26am PT
Incredible story... so glad you made it out. How is your leg?

edit... are you going to have a video TR DFU?


all the best
scott
Port

Trad climber
San Diego
  Mar 25, 2012 - 12:56am PT
Stellar send, gentlemen.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
  Mar 25, 2012 - 02:13am PT
Inspiring and sobering - well told lad. I really hope you healed up.
c-plus

Trad climber
Vancouver, BC, Canada
  Mar 25, 2012 - 02:32am PT
wow. epic. glad you survived and i hope that your leg survived too!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
  Mar 25, 2012 - 02:40am PT
Wow.
Goal #1: survive it.
Climbing is definitely escapist.
I guess the trick is to get out or drop the risk factor before it takes you out.
Some people don't get that second chance.
nopantsben

climber
  Mar 25, 2012 - 04:18am PT
i'm feeling a bit sick..

i'll see you in september when you get out of retirement I assume!

cheers and thanks for the great, honest tr.

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
  Mar 25, 2012 - 04:31am PT
Strong story keeping it real. Thanks for posting!
Prezwoodz

climber
Anchorage
  Mar 25, 2012 - 05:19am PT
Crazy story guys! amazing job and sounds like your incredibly lucky.

A few years ago I got to watch a rock fall and slam me in the neck and chest. You can come back and get beyond it, at least for me it was surprisingly easy. The rest...well that'll come.

nopantsben

climber
  Mar 25, 2012 - 05:47am PT
“In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people's home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!”
Woody Allen
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
  Mar 25, 2012 - 06:36am PT
im voting tr of the year- frontrunner for sure
roy

Social climber
NZ -> SB,CA -> Zurich
  Mar 25, 2012 - 06:49am PT
An epic trip and a very well told TR. I hope you recover quickly. Cheers, Roy
perswig

climber
  Mar 25, 2012 - 07:04am PT
Nice understated TR.
Heal well. Dream big.

Thanks.
Dale
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
  Mar 25, 2012 - 09:19am PT
in the end, whats a little rock fall between friends?


Isn't it amazing when something like that happens and everything gets creamed EXCEPT your heads?
elcap-pics

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
  Mar 25, 2012 - 11:29am PT
Sounded like fun! Dave Turner said the place is a death trap and felt lucky to get out of there alive! Congrats on your climb but like I always say... Yosemite is a lot more fun.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
  Mar 25, 2012 - 11:59am PT
Great TR. Hope you heal up quickly. What a beautiful place.
mt10910

climber
  Mar 25, 2012 - 12:09pm PT
Well now that you are retired, your dating pool has likely already changed.

So in case you were wondering.

What does an eigthy-year old jelly roll taste like?






Depends.....


very will written, please don't retire from writing
spenchur

climber
Flagstaff/Thousand Oaks
  Mar 25, 2012 - 12:22pm PT
wow wow wow. what a great report. glad you guys survived the epic descent ordeal and hope the leg heals well.

..and hope you climb again soon!
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
  Mar 25, 2012 - 12:24pm PT
cat food? really?

please explain how that happens. hah!
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
  Mar 25, 2012 - 12:48pm PT
Holy fack!!!

Thanks for the TR and especially glad you 2 lived to talk about it!!
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
  Mar 26, 2012 - 08:34am PT
congratulations boys.
over the top effort and excellent written account.

all day i had a wee pebble in my sock;
i imagined that i was climbing a tiny mountain over and over,
hundreds of first ascents.

to each their glory.

i hope your gal extends you sympathy pose,
on account of your battered leg and hero stare.
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
  Mar 25, 2012 - 12:50pm PT
what an epic! AMAZING trip report!

sending good healing vibes your way.


you'll climb again when you're ready.

your passion is too strong not to.





enjoimx

Trad climber
SLO
  Mar 25, 2012 - 02:29pm PT
awesome trip report!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
  Mar 25, 2012 - 02:33pm PT
Good TR. Too bad the climb worked you over; glad you and Callum made it thru.
MBrown

Big Wall climber
The Eastside.... UUUUHHHHHHH!
  Mar 25, 2012 - 04:24pm PT
Thanks Neil! That was a great read!
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
  Mar 25, 2012 - 05:34pm PT
High adventure, indeed!

You'll be back.

Cheers,
Rick
Michael Nicholson

Big Wall climber
Thousand Oaks
  Mar 25, 2012 - 05:36pm PT
Sick trip report..Get well soon!
Morgan

Trad climber
East Coast
  Mar 25, 2012 - 06:10pm PT
Badass to the core!
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
  Mar 25, 2012 - 06:46pm PT
splitter offwidth there.
looks stout.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
  Mar 25, 2012 - 08:58pm PT
Neil,

Awesome TR and climb.

How is your leg?
David Wilson

climber
CA
  Mar 25, 2012 - 09:07pm PT
great TR and badass looking route. can we have the next installment - how is your leg and how did you get off?
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
  Mar 25, 2012 - 09:16pm PT
Awesome trip report and stellar adventure;..thanks for sharing, and glad you survived. I am that person you talk about;....steady job, materialism, changing diapers, house payment;...it's sounds like a stick in the mud existance....but it gets really hairy at times,...super challenging and way out there;....AND the bonus is;...you can still go out and scare the sh#t out of yourself at the crags and in the mountains enough to satisfy that side of yourself;.....it's a win/win situation;.....it's like going to a buffet and eating it all;.......looks like you are not the type to hold back either;........enjoy your current and next adventure, and thanks again for sharing.....killer pics too...
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
  Mar 25, 2012 - 09:29pm PT
Epic..
Powerful experiences!

Lots to discuss here.
The grandeur of Big Walls - the Pinnacle of it all in my opinion.

Babies....Ahh babies..

And worry...
PTSD - don't think to much...go easy....go eeeaaasssy


You are bad ass mothers!

marty(r)

climber
beneath the valley of ultravegans
  Mar 25, 2012 - 10:59pm PT
My wife and I plus two friends got our asses handed to us on our first venture in to see the Torres. Luckily a week away, a visit to an island of penguinos, and much dulce de leche paid off and we were rewarded handsomely.

Reflection at Torre Lago
Reflection at Torre Lago
Credit: marty(r)

Anyone see the line?
Early morning light...rare break in the weather
Early morning light...rare break in the weather
Credit: marty(r)

Ben Ditto's 'Free South Africa' photo-essay is highly recommended.

¡cumbre!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Canada
  Mar 26, 2012 - 12:28am PT
Hey Neil,

Take it seriously but not for very long. Stepping away from the edge is a good thing literally and emotionally. Big deal trips offer big deal reflections after the fact.

Chilling out and decompressing doesn't mean the great game of climbing is over.

By the way I split up with a girl over the 'phone at a truck stop on the way to the valley. I was bothered by her lack of understanding...
le_bruce

climber
Oakland, CA
  Mar 26, 2012 - 12:12am PT
Suddenly a booming groan echoed from deep within the tower. I looked up and saw the image that continues to haunt me every time I close my eyes...

Shudder shudder shudder shudder...
hoipolloi

climber
A friends backyard with the neighbors wifi
  Mar 26, 2012 - 01:19am PT
Neil, we met just after you did the straw. I had climbed it with a friend before you. Incredible story, I would never say, like some of the above posts 'awesome'.

I'm glad you made it back. What happened to your leg in the final rockfall?
Hoots

climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
  Mar 26, 2012 - 01:29am PT
Yah Neil, Way to GO! Major props on a serious route, done in great style.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
  Mar 26, 2012 - 06:26pm PT
Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!! A dogsh|t minefield for your three-month basecamp, eh? Not exactly the Chateau Brenda et Josh.

What! You didn't cut up those beautiful jeans with the holes in the knees that you wore on Continental Drift, did you?!

Jugging and cleaning with a portaledge, eh? Interesting. Why didn't/couldn't you flag it on the haul line above the pigs?

Laughing my ass off at you accidentally buying cat food!

Dang, dude, you never mentioned about that rock. How's your leg? And don't worry, you all, Neil's last email said there's a chance he'll be out of retirement by September.

P.S. Don't miss the link in Marty(r)'s post above - great photos of the route. I've enjoyed many an evening on El Cap listening to Sean and Nico playing recorder and mandolin.
Ben Rumsen

Social climber
No Name City ( and it sure ain't pretty )
  Mar 26, 2012 - 06:37pm PT
Wow - sounds like my Torres del Paine Patagonia epic many years ago - including getting smashed in the leg with a rock. Nice read - thanks.
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
  Mar 26, 2012 - 06:49pm PT
Thanks for the great read and pictures! I was frightened enough just walking around towers...
Erik
Snorky

Trad climber
Carbondale, CO
  Mar 26, 2012 - 07:01pm PT
Hard Core.
Dirk

Trad climber
QUEENS NEW YORK
  Mar 26, 2012 - 09:55pm PT
Neil,

When dealing with a trip report like this, I think that it's important to remember that judging your writing and judging your actions may overlap considerably for your audience. The responses of many will refer to the latter, but I have nothing to say to this--your actions are your own. Regarding the former, you have outdone yourself. This is a step up from your earlier story-telling efforts, and we are all better for reading it.

Regarding the ending:

More, more, more. The pursuit of money, the pursuit of material success, the pursuit of longer and harder climbs. Is there such thing as spiritual materialism? Please keep in mind that I respect all that you have done.

Also this:

If you went on a climbing trip... and you came back with a different set of values than you started with... you win.

Funny that you describe the trip as an "escape." Good luck in all your future endeavors, and thanks for sharing.

-Dirk

“Annapurna, to which we had gone empty-handed, was a treasure on which we should live the rest of our days. With this realization we turn the page: a new life begins."
-Maurice Herzog

P.S. Don't stop writing.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Mar 26, 2012 - 10:47pm PT
Glad you survived neil, I love all your TR's!

If I was away for months in Patagonia, she would never speak to me again. There was only one thing I could do; I booked a one-way flight later that morning.

-Best line I've read in a while, did she ever speak to you again?
just_one

Mountain climber
CA
  Apr 4, 2012 - 01:58pm PT
incredible, terrifying story! glad you guys survived. those torres are terrifying just to look at. you have some massive cojones to go up there. i'll stick to good ol' sierra granite!

here's a shot i took down there last year:

torres del paine
torres del paine
Credit: just_one
Neil Chelton

climber
Bouldering your girlfriend
Author's Reply  Apr 29, 2012 - 11:45pm PT
Callum just finished making a video of our climb:

http://vimeo.com/41232209
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
  Apr 29, 2012 - 11:51pm PT
That splitter in the second to last photo is UNREAL.

Glad you're still with us.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
  Apr 29, 2012 - 11:57pm PT
Does your video have the Alf Latham clip in it??
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Apr 29, 2012 - 11:58pm PT
Great video, great story, great sound track,

Glad you guys lived to tell the story.

bump for the real deal!!!

Neil, did your girl friend ever talk to you again????
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Apr 30, 2012 - 04:20am PT
I hate pulling ropes
So many unknowns
So many possible bad outcomes
Glad you made it home
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
  Apr 30, 2012 - 05:22am PT
Wow again. Great video...
Erik
callum

Trad climber
UK
  Apr 30, 2012 - 10:06am PT
Watch the video to the end Pete.
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
  Apr 30, 2012 - 10:14am PT
how come you did not impart
the truth that you dropped your
bowl from high on the route
and from then on
had to youse your armpit
for a serving vessel
into which you scooped
spoonfools of rank cottage cheese,
and this powered you thru, and uwp?
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Apr 30, 2012 - 12:51pm PT
YOWZA!!

GNARLATACIOUS!!

(I just shat myself, a little....)

Congratulations on your ascent and survival. So glad you lived to tell the tale.

(Mowing the grass and chopping weeds doesn't seem so bad sometimes...)


KILLER video, by the way. Understated, no super-spray, no lingering on one point too long. Great stuff.
NFB

Mountain climber
Wilson, Wyoming
  Apr 30, 2012 - 07:02pm PT
Great TR and Great Climb.

Thanks for the video. It was fun to watch.

Glad you didn't get "The Chop"
gonamok

climber
dont make me come over there
  May 1, 2012 - 01:39am PT
Holy Cow! You boys are the real deal. Great climb, great story, well told, well done!
Myles Moser

climber
Lone Pine, Ca
  Nov 1, 2012 - 01:20pm PT
Boom!!!

Well done!

Always get some!
WML

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
  Nov 1, 2012 - 01:39pm PT
Chilling trip report. Awesome.
wallyvirginia

Trad climber
Stockholm, Sweden
  Nov 1, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
Bump. Though I'm simply speechless concerning the contents of this TR/Video.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
  Nov 1, 2012 - 08:50pm PT
This is so worth a re-read; so well written and photographed.

Here's hoping the healing has or soon will be complete.
briham89

Big Wall climber
santa cruz, ca
  Nov 1, 2012 - 09:35pm PT
I missed this the first time around. Holy crap, I'm speechless. The video was great. Very special trip thanks for sharing
Gilroy

Social climber
Bolderado
  Nov 2, 2012 - 10:05am PT
Bump for AWESOMENESS

TFPU
philo

Trad climber
Is that the light at the end of the tunnel or a tr
  Nov 2, 2012 - 10:17am PT
Wow! That was a rippn' TR.
Great pics of a great adventure.
eryelic

Trad climber
The five Street NewYork NewYork USA 10001
  Nov 2, 2012 - 10:22am PT
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
  Nov 2, 2012 - 10:29am PT
Crazy sh#t man. Hope you are doing better and can get back out there again soon physically and mentally. TFPU. Great pics too.

Edit: thanks for the bump,thought this was a recent one
Jane Gallwey

Big Wall climber
Ireland
  Nov 2, 2012 - 11:49am PT
From El Cap Report in Sept:

"Ned’s Excellent Adventure: British ace and nearly local, Neil Chelton, finished his solo ascent and the second over all ascent of this difficult route, in 12 days of climbing… Wow!!! And in crushing heat too!! The kid is tough, that’s for sure!!"

So Neil's back at it, can't keep a good nutter (and seriously cool dude) down!
Lambone

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
  Nov 2, 2012 - 12:04pm PT
This is awesome. This route has been a dream of mine ever since I laid eyes on those towers. Sounds like a wild and dangerous adventure!
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
  Nov 2, 2012 - 12:54pm PT
Missed this one earlier, what an epic adventure! Good job on the video - thanks for sharing and I hope you guys are doing well these days!
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
  Nov 4, 2012 - 12:22am PT
Yeah! Missed this one somehow.
shipoopoi

Big Wall climber
oakland
  Nov 3, 2012 - 02:46am PT
wow, i missed this trip report also, and it's the best one ever. who goes down to patagonia as a team of two and sends the east face of the central tower? like nobody ever.

only topo we could get...you guys could get better at getting topos.

not the best ad for black diamond ledges and flys.

what an epic full on adventure, way to go guys ss
Regan

Big Wall climber
  Nov 3, 2012 - 05:34am PT
Thanks for the TR and inspirational climb!
Congrats!!!!
Epic climb and good story. Good luck in your future projects!
crøtch

climber
  Nov 3, 2012 - 11:33pm PT
Saturday night Patagonian hardman bump.
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
  Nov 5, 2012 - 08:03pm PT
Yes!
Johnny K.

climber
  Jul 16, 2013 - 07:32pm PT
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