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Selflessness on Cerro Torre – Success, injury, and salvation on “an impossible mountain”

Author(s): Jack Cramer
Video Release Date: July 11, 2019
Video Source: YouTube


After the making first ascent of Fitz Roy in 1952, Lionel Terray gazed west and declared the nearby Cerro Torre “an impossible mountain.” Although modern equipment and accurate forecasts have negated that initial description, the mountain still presents an immense challenge to experienced climbers. During a brief period of stable weather in February 2019, several parties succeeded and reached its rarely visited summit. But on the way down disaster struck, when high temperatures led to rockfall that struck one team of climbers. This is the story of that accident and the heroic actions that followed… If you plan to climb in the Chalten Massif, please consider donating to the volunteer search and rescue team: The Comision de Auxilio Fabio Stedile.

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