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Mt. Sarmiento First Winter Ascent - ACC presentation by Natalia Martinez & Camilo Rada · Tuesday, November 26th
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Start: Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 8:00 pm
Feature presentation - First Winter Ascent by Natalia Martinez and Camilo Rada
Location: Van Dusen Garden
(Camilo is currently doing his PhD in glaciology at UBC, Vancouver)
Mount Sarmiento (in the Patagonia) is the most emblematic mountain of Tierra del Fuego, “an iceberg of 2200m” praised by Charles Darwin, Jules Verne, Robert Fitz Roy and many others. It has the longest record of climbs attempts in Patagonia, starting from 1882. The first ascent was made in 1956, and since then expeditions has arrived from every corner of the world, but in spite of more than 20 attempts nobody succeeded, due to its extreme bad weather and the technical difficulties of a committed ice climb.
This changed last austral winter 2013, when BC residents Natalia Martinez (Argentina) and Camilo Rada (Chile) made the second ascent and first in winter to this mountain covered in rime and full of mysticism. The route followed a beautiful new direct line through the North face, becoming one of the most spectacular climbs done in the storm-beaten southernmost end of Patagonia.