Day 1: 6 hour approach, establish base camp
Day 2: Haul our climbing gear and water to the base of the route (about 5hrs round trip from camp) to save time in the morning.
Day 3: 3AM alarm start. 14 pitches of climbing, 2 snowfields, and the approach and descent made for a 15 hour day
Day 4: Break down camp and hike out.
The descent included 7 60m (2rope) rappels down part of the route and then down the nearby col Amy, over a crevasse and then back onto the glacier. We arrived back to our camp a little after 8pm. We were exhausted. The pictures do a better job of telling the story inbetween, enjoy.
|Hitch hiking the 20km to the trailhead from town. We wound up taking a remise, since there were no takers.|
|A little stream (river) crossing|
|Beginning of the trek towards base-camp|
|Rio Electrico, which we followed about half the way to basecamp. Eventually we took a turn headed straight uphill, towards the Fitz Roy Massif|
|Basecamp, with our objective looking ominous in the background|
|The Fitz Roy Massif near sunset from our camp, looking quite majestic.|
|Sunrise from the snowfield, as we approached the base of the climb around 4am.|
|More of the sunrise, as we began to ascend the route|
|Alpenglow on the Torres|
|Miguel soaking up a bit of exposure about 1/3 of the way through the route|
|Me on pitch 8 of 14|
|Me on towards the end of the route, pointing towards our progress on the topo. I am a bit disoriented from all the activity.|
|Me, starting my block lead, early in the day. Photo courtesy of Mike Smith|
|Me leading pitch (10?). Photo courtesy of Mike Smith|
|Me rappeling over and into the crevasse. Don't get to do that every day.|
|Mike beginning to rappel down into Col. Amy.|
|Our summit photo on top of Guillaumet!|