Congrats to CAMP USA athletes Jess Roskelley and Ben Erdmann who just realized a dream shared by many alpinists, by summiting Cerro Torre! Following big sends together in Alaska in years past, these two have teamed up again, and managed to climbed the Ferrari route on the West Face of Cerro Torre, despite a generally stormy and bleak weather year thus far in Patagonia.
Ben and Jess used the technical approach to the peak’s west face, involving climbing up to Col Stanhardt, where the famous Exocet route begins, but then dropping down out of the Torre Valley into the famous “Cirque of the Altars” under the west faces of the Torre group. Their descent from Cerro Torre was followed by returning to town via a 40km hike along the edge of the icecap, and the Rio Electrico valley, to the north of the range.
The needed gear:
- Blade Runner crampons were used by both climbers, set up in the dual-point formation.
- X-All Mountain Tools for Ben, X-Dream Tools for Jess, who lead the final pitch stemming and chimneying up a rime-ice “half pipe.”
- 12 screws, a single set of cams, and a single set of nuts proved more than enough pro.
- 3 pickets were carried and not used. There was no need to modify the Cassin ice tools with the “wing” attachments other parties have used..
- 9 packages of the locally-loved Fruitigran crackers were consumed between the climbers over 3 days, but ran out of food with many miles of hiking left to go. The two gorged on berries and wild apples to fuels their final hike to the trailhead.