Honnold and Caldwell: First Ascent of Fitzroy Traverse

posted by dpm on 02/18/2014

Rolando Garibotti's depiction of the Fitzroy Traverse. Posted on Supertopo.

Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold have completed one of the most significant ascents in the history of Patagonian mountaineering with a complete traverse of the Fitzroy massif over five days. Patagonia climbing guidebook author Rolando Garibotti reported the news on Supertopo:

Between the 12th and 16th of February, Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold completed the first ascent of the much discussed "Fitz Traverse", climbing across the iconic ridge-line of Cerro Fitz Roy and its satellite peaks in southern Patagonia.

This ridge-line involves climbing Aguja Guillaumet, Aguja Mermoz, Cerro Fitz Roy, Aguja Poincenot, Aguja Rafael Juárez, Aguja Saint-Exúpery and Aguja de l'S.

In all they climbed across over five kilometers of ridge line, covering close to 4000 meters of vertical gain with difficulties to 7a (5.11d) C1 65 degrees. They simul-climbed much of the climb, dispatching 20-pitch sections such as Pilar Goretta in a mere three pitches.

Garibotti went on to detail the logistics of their climb which can be read here. He also noted that this was Honnold’s first climb in Patagonia.

Caldwell post-holing near Fitz Roy a few weeks before their ascent. Photo: Alex Honnold/Facebook