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Torre Principal

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Torre Principal Rock Climbing 


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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

For the Frey area.

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',1],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Torre Principal

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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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Rock Climbing Photo: The traverse near the summit on Sinestro Total

Sinestro Total 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  South America : Argentina : ... : Torre Principal
The Sinestro starts near the base of a steep, loose 4th class gully that you approach from the east. A couple raps and a lot of scrambling bring you to the base.Pitch one begins at the base of a slabby ramp next to a left facing corner with a seam, climb next to this on face cracks. After the ramp, climb a steep, but short, headwall with a technical and thin crux(6b). From here, easier climbing arrives at a cool belay ledge.Pitch two ascends through a strange bulge/step around to the right and i...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: summit of Principal looking at La Vieja, M2, and A...
summit of Principal looking at La Vieja, M2, and A...
Rock Climbing Photo: rappin the route Normal
rappin the route Normal

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By David Appelhans
From: Medford, MA
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.

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