Kirkpatrick & Parnell in Patagonia

Patagonia has a fierce reputation as one of the most beautiful, and inhospitable, places in the world to climb. Stories of incredible winds and huge storms blowing in from the Pacific Southern Ocean have terrorized many a team who have attempted Patagonia climbs…and that´s in the summer. With one of the most severe winters in living memory gripping South America (read BBC news report on first snowfall in 90 years in Buenos Aires), Andy Kirkpatrick and Ian Parnell have arrived in Patagonia to attempt the highly ambitious objective to be the first to climb Torre Egger in winter. This stunning Mountain sees very few ascents even in the Patagonia summer and as an added bonus has an infamous overhanging summit snow mushroom that has repelled and spat off many parties. The line they will attempt is Titanic (5.10 / E2, A2) where they hope to find cracks well iced and conditions similar to Scottish Winter. As part of the trip, Ian and Andy will be filming their adventure with equipment supplied by Posing Productions which will feature in their upcoming film PSYCHE. Alastair Lee will be following and reporting their progress on the Posing Productions website and spoke to Ian Parnell just last night: “Ian called last night from the village of Calafate to say they had arrived safely at the entrance to the park. Ian said the weather wasn?t looking too good in the mountains so they were going to ferry a load to the base of the route and come out again unless the weather suddenly lifted”

Torre Egger with Titanic Route (5.10 /E2, A2) shown. Ph. by Ian Parnell

Source: Alastair Lee: www.posingproductions.comRelated: Turner & McAleese New Patagonia Route>> Significant New Route on Cerro Torre>>