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Torre Principal

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Torre Principal  


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Elevation: 7,500'
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Submitted By: David Trippett on Nov 27, 2007
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Description 

The Principal is the largest of the towers of Frey. Several routes of varying difficulty ascend every aspect.

Getting There 

From the refugio ascend to the saddle to the west of the lake and approach past the Aguja M2 and Abuelo, ascend snow slopes and scree to the base of the Principal. Depending on your route choice you will need to modify your approach.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.7 miles from here

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',3],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Torre Principal:
Clemenzo   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   
Ruta Normal   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   
Chocolate Liquido (6a+)   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Sinestro Total   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 8 pitches, 900'   
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Chocolate Liquido (6a+) 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  South America : Argentina : ... : Torre Principal
This is a work in progress. More information to come. A three pitch route that goes to just below the summit block on Principal and can join with the Normal (5+) to finish to the top. Three excellent pitches of stellar crack climbing. A varied first pitch, a long beautiful dihedral second pitch and a beautiful hand crack on the third pitch. The first pitch ends with a belay at a small stance atop a flake just below the obvious beautiful corner. Gear anchor. The second pitch ends at a two b...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By David Appelhans
From: Lafayette
Jan 10, 2009
A better approach is found by following the lake shore to the end of the cirque then heading left up a gully with a stream. It took us 3 hours to navigate to the principal via the ridge line, but several days later we made it to the base in 1.5 hours following the lake and gully as suggested in the guidebook.
By David Trippett
From: Squamish, BC
Apr 12, 2009
Hey! Aren't you that same guy that tried to climb Sinestro Total and ended up on the East face? That was a crazy story!

It really depends on your familiarity with the area, Dave. Many locals and people who know their way around go from the saddle. If you're not sure where you're going, it maybe better to use the lake.