Patagonia, a range of the world's most magnificent granite spires, is surrounded by earth's most ferosious storms. Therefore, climbing the central pillar of the Torres del Paine is not just a 1200 metre climb up. It is an incredible alpine challenge.
In Januari and Februari 2005, me and my three fellow Dutch team members have tried to link all of 36 pitches to the top of the east face of the Central tower in the route 'Riders in the Storm'. Technical difficulties up to UIAA IX and A3 were tackled, until finally the weather forced us to retreat halfway up. Read the full inside story about this great challange by clicking on the links below.
Torres del Paine - Riders in the Storm