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New Link Up on Cerro Torre

Submitted By: John McNamee on Jan 9, 2007


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Kelly Cordes and Colin Haley just completed a fast ascent of link-up on Cerro Torre, following the Marsigny-Parkin line to the Col of Hope, then the original 1974 route up the West Ridge to the summit.

Starting up in the morning on January 5 they reached the Col of Hope at around 1:30 p.m. After a break, they continued up the ice towers of the 2,000-vertical-foot upper West Ridge, bivying several pitches below the summit. The following day they summitted and rapped the Compressor Route, getting back to their camp in the early hours of the morning on January 7.

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By alpinglow
From: city, state
Jan 9, 2007

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 9, 2007

Awesome ascent! I believe the W Ridge was also the route followed by Erik Winkelman and Mark Bearzi in the 1986 first free ascent of Cerro Torre. The W Ridge is primarily an ice climb, so it likely changes over the years.

By kirra
Jan 9, 2007

Cool ~ Waaay to go guys...! ahhh Kelly - you're my Hero...

By John McNamee
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From: Littleton, CO
Jan 10, 2007

Some more info here about the season in Patagonia...

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By A.P.T.
From: Truckee,Ca
Jan 10, 2007

Awesome Link up! Thumbs up to these guys for making the history books.. America Is Great, And Full Of Bad Asses!