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Trip Reports : Argentina
Splitter Cracks and Stellar Weather

Ryan Huetter, winner of a 2009 Mountain Fellowship from the AAC, reports on a new route in El Cajón de Arenales in Argentina:

During the long weeks since I climbed the North Tower of Paine, waiting in vain for the right day to climb the Central Tower, much time was spent fantasizing about warm-weather routes and creating the ultimate Top 10 climbs for the coming season. But when the opportunity came to return to El Cajón de los Arenales, to explore the inner canyon and attempt some new routes, I realized that the fantasy had become a reality.

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Patagonian Apprenticeship

Mountain Fellowship winner Jordon Griffler reports on his adventures in Patagonia in early 2009.

Alan Ream and I had intended to attempt the Spiral/Corkscrew/Anglo-Argentine Route on Cerro Torre, skipping as many bolts as we could along the way. This is the long-sought climb that starts on the southeast ridge (Compressor Route), traverses across the upper south face, and finishes on the upper west ridge. As it turns out, the Norwegian team of Ole Lied and Trym Atle Saeland pulled it off before we arrived, clipping only a few bolts, during the monster weather window… [view report]

New Route on Fitz Roy

AAC Mountain Fellowship Award winner Crystal Davis-Robbins climbed a new route on Fitz Roy, all free and alpine-style, in January 2008.

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New Routes in Patagonia
image 2 Guill and Mermoz
image 2 Cerro Pollone, West Pillar

Short Version:

Between February 7th and 21st, Blake Herrington and I enjoyed rare good weather near El Chalten, in Southern Argentine Patagonia. We completed two in-a-day ascents: "Las Vent'uras" (5.11 A1, 500m), a new route on the West Face of Guillamet "Cosas Patagonicas" (5.11, 600m), a first free ascent on the West Face of Mermoz. Then, in one week long window, we freed the West Face of Cerro Pollone, traversed the summit ridge, and dropped down to the east side for a six day roundtrip effort from town. We freed "A Fine Piece" (Donini-Crouch, 5.11+, 750m) onsight, with one bivy on route, and made the first integral ascent of Cerro Pollone, including both West and East summits. Thanks to the… [view report]

MFF Recipient in Trouble on Aconcagua


Megan Emmons, the 14 year-old recipient of a Mountain Fellowship Fund Grant, offers this enthralling and detailed trip report of her expedition to South America. Congrats to Megan, and read on for the whole story!

I lived!


This might seem like a strange way to summarize a… [view report]