Patagonia Gets Major New Route and Clean AscentBy Steve Casimiro on January 30th, 2013
An incredibly stout, new clean line was put up on Patagonia’s Fitz Roy, encompassing 28 pitches that have never been linked up before into a summit bid. The route was put up by Flavio Daflon, Sergio Tartari (Brazil), and Luciano Fiorenza (Argentina). Named Samba do Leao, it’s only fitting that Fiorenza was involved. Over the last three seasons he’s climbed close to 100 new pitches on Fitz Roy and also put new routes on Aguja Guillaumet, Aguja Val Biois, and “Destreza Criolla”, a beautiful new line on Aguja de la Silla. He is far and away the most prolific new first ascender in Argentina, with new routes at Cerro Catedral (Frey), Cerro Lopez, Cochamó, Cerro Tronador, and elsewhere. Meanwhile, Colin Haley and Chad Kellogg did the first “fair means” ascent of the Corkscrew linkup on Cerro Torre, connecting the southeast ridge to the west face Ragni Route without using any of Cesare Maestri’s bolts. The Corkscrew was climbed by a Norwegian team five years ago, but they relied on the bolts for pro. Via Pataclimb.com.
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