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Trip Reports : Chile
Second Ascent On Central Tower Of Paine
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AAC Member and Mountain Fellowship recipient Walker Mackey reports on his alpine-style ascent of the Kearney-Knight Route (850m, 5.10 A3) on the Central Tower of Paine in February 2010, possibly only the second ascent of this route. Mackey has now climbed all three of the Torres del Paine.

I had reached the point where I no longer cared about climbing the Central Tower. My motivation was gone, and I was thinking I would change my ticket and head back to Yosemite, where I could actually climb instead of just carrying heavy backpacks up rocky talus slopes and wading through snowfields up to my chest.

The season had been brutal. I was exhausted mentally, and physically my body hurt more… [view report]

New Routes In The Valle De Paloma

In January and February 2009, 24-year-old Sevve Stember, recipient of an AAC Mountain Fellowship, traveled to Chile with a team of young American partners and established a number of new routes in the previously untouched Valle de Paloma.

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Torres Del Paine, Chile

Mountain Fellowship Winner Aaron Jones reports on his trip to Patagonia in late autumn, 2008.  Aaron had three objectives, all solo, and had an incredible trip to Chile!  Read on for the full report.


I traveled to Chilean Patagonia in November 2008 to solo the three Torres that are the iconic symbol of the area. After flying into Buenos Aires, Argentina with my friend Dave Turner we began our long bus journey south to Puerto Natales, Chile, the starting point for any expedition to the Torres del Paine National Park. We spent several days in town waiting out a government worker strike before we were able to obtain our essential climbing permit.

                  My plan was to work down… [view report]

New Route on Fitz Roy

Crystal Davis reports on her trip to Patagonia.  As a winner of an AAC Mountain Fellowship Grant, Crystal was provided with support by the AAC and its partners.  Crystal was able to establish an amazing new line on Fitz Roy during her stay, as well as climb several other beautiful lines on the incredible stone found in Patagonia.  Click on the link below to read the PDF file of the trip.  It's full of pictures and exciting tales.  Enjoy!

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Learning the Ropes in Patagonia

Jordan Griffler reports on his eye-opening trip to Patagonia.  Short weather windows kept him from his main objective, but he found ample time to climb some excellent routes and soak in a little South American culture.  Read on for the full report!

Alan Ream and I intended to attempt the "Spiral/Corkscrew/Anglo-Argentine Route" on Cerro Torre, skipping as many bolts as we could along the way. The Norwegian team of Ole Lied and Trym Atle Saeland pulled it off clipping only a few bolts in the monster weather window they had in early December. It’s too bad we weren't down there for that, because I think we would have had a fighting chance, but alas Patagonian weather is fickle, and… [view report]

MFF Recipients in the Cordon Granito


Expeditions always have troubles of some sort—storms, choss, sickness. Sometimes, you get scammed by a donkey herder. Read on for a great report by Mountain Fellowship Fund recipient Rob Gonzalez-Pita. Rob and his partner went to Chile for some exciting climbing in the Cordon Granito.


“Un Millon pesos?!?!?!”  Was Humberto seriously going to charge us two thousand U.S.D. for a horse ride and a couple of donkeys?  My climbing partner and I had done our… [view report]