34 day Solo on New Patagonian Big Wall

by Erik Lambert – Alpinist Dave Turner, noted for his solo climbs in Yosemite, now also will be known for his improbable success in Chilean Patagonia: the first ever solo of a Grade VII route; the longest time any single climber has stuck out a big wall in Chile successfully; a new route that is one of the country´s most difficult big-wall lines. After thirty-four days alone on Cerro Escudo´s overhanging east face, climbing capsule-style, in late January he finished the 1200-meter climb, Taste the Paine (VII A4+). Cerro Escudo (2450m) is a tower located about two miles west of the Torres del Paine, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile. Its overhanging east face is a serious undertaking, successfully climbed twice before via The Dream (VII 5.10 A4+, 4,000´, Breemer-Jarrett-Santelices, 1994-5), which some consider Chile´s most difficult big-wall route. See the full report on the Alpinist Website. ( Source: Alpinist )