Joel below the 4000’ east face of Fitz Roy at dawn
Here again I find myself in the position of not having updated this blog for far too long. I owe this one to technical difficulties.
I’ve just returned from a few months in El Chaltén, Argentina. This pleasant town gives access to some of the most amazing alpine climbing to be found anywhere in the world and, let’s be honest, it’s no secret. Climbers from all across the globe descend during the austral summer months to get a chance to test themselves amongst these granite giants. For my partner, Joel Enrico and I, we went down their with one goal in particular: climb Fitz Roy. Within two weeks a massive weather window arrived giving us the chance we hoped for. Seizing the opportunity we headed into the hills alongside our friends Austin Siadak and Cheyne Lempe.
Austin Siadak behind the camera. It’s a tough job.
I’ll spare the details, but after some trial and error, we found ourselves climbing the Care Bear Traverse: a link-up of Guillamet, Mermoz, and FItz Roy. Three days of climbing and a summit bivy on Fitz Roy has left an impression in my psyche that will not fade for a lifetime. We managed more stellar climbing in the range and got to explore much of the area. Suffice to say that my imagination is sparked and I am inspired to return, hopefully next season.
When not climbing, because of the modern forecasting models we are privy too, most climbers can hang back in town until the next weather window. El Chaltén is a charming town filled with friendly locals, good food, and an abundance of street dogs. I enjoyed more than my fair share of empanadas and formed many new friendships during my stay.
Austin again working hard. This time polishing off some Estepa made empanadas.
So why didn’t I post any updates while sitting out weeks of bad weather? Just prior to me leaving for Argentina my computer mysteriously died. I could turn it on, but then it would sputter, cough, and hangout in a load screen forever. This rendered me technologically inept to keep up with busy work such as blog update, photo edits, etc. Im back in the states now, plugged back in (slightly begrudgingly), and back to work. Feel free to drop a line, stay in touch, or get together for drinks, laughs, and adventure.
Peace and Love