Sunrise on the last day of 2012 from Paso Marconi
Cerros Fitz Roy and Pier Giorgio dominate
Cerro Torre catches the first sun, on the right, dwarfed in this view
Cerro Gorra Blanca (2860m) at sunrise near Paso Marconi
The west faces of Cerros Volonqui and Rincon on the Continental Ice Cap
The first view of Cerro Torre and Torre Egger, seen from the Ice Cap
Jens and Joel near the Cirque of the Altars
Joel climbing under Torre Egger and Cerro Torre
The Ragni route basically climbs the right skyline, but remains out of view
Climbers below the Col of Hope
Mushrooms of rime ice grow when the wind plasters the rock with fresh moisture
The West Face of Cerro Torre from The Helmet
The Ragni naturally follows the line of weakness from the lower right to the upper left
The notorious headwall pitch exits the face left under the first mushroom near the summit
Oriol, our Basque friend, under the headwall pitch of the Ragni route
Austrian climber below the headwall
Jens focused near the end of the headwall pitch
Argentine climbers opening a new route
Felicitones Indio, Gabi, and Wenny!
Joel psyching up for the final mushroom
The most insane pitch of ice ANYWHERE!
Most seasons leave this pitch full of unconsolidated insecure rime ice
Mostly we found blue ice and decent screw placements
Joel entering the tunnel which gives access to the summit
Neil exiting the tunnel
Neil, Jens, and Joel on the summit!
Happy New Year!
Neil and Joel
(Jens Holsten took this photo)
Cerro Fitz Roy high above the Torre Valley
Jens rappelling off the Helmet
The south face of Torre Egger looks incredible!
Behind Joel is Chile and the Continental Ice Cap
Our friends Nico and Roberto on top of The Helmet
Paul McSorly found a rock!
Then he buried it in the snow so we could rappel off The Helmet
He was very excited, and so were we...
Thanks Team Canada!!!
Jonathan Byers rappelling to the Col of Hope
Above is the crazy rime terrain of The Helmet
Jens and Joel heading down in the last light
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