Monday, 16 November 2009
: Salewa alpine team members Roger Schäli (31) and Simon Gietl (25) have arrived in Patagonia on a mission to scale Cerro Fitz Roy (3,406m)
| Cerro Fitz Roy - Prissantenbär|
Schäli and Gietl plan to climb the north east summit as fast as possible to start with and then a second route which will take them several days.
Cerro Fitz Roy is located in Parque National Los Glaciares in an area that covers 6000sq km of mountains, glaciers and lakes in the Santa Cruz Province in the south of Argentina.
First climbed in 1952 by French alpinists Lionel Terray and Guido Magnone, Cerro Fitz Roy despite its reasonably small altitude, has a fearsome reputation due to the sheer granite faces which presents highly technical climbing in arduous conditions.
Similar to Schäli's local north face the Eiger, Cerro Fitz Roy is also prone to violent changes in weather conditions at the drop of a hat.
The two young but experienced climbers have allocated themselves 5 weeks to complete their goals.
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