Two granite walls, of polished verticality, beaten by storms, avalanches and winds of more than 60 miles per hour.
Fitz Roy and Torre are two mythical peaks that represent a challenge for any mountaineer. Expeditions from all over the world come to the province of Santa Cruz hoping to climb any of them. From the altitude, the view of this continental ice fields is overwhelming, even for the most experienced climbers.
Fitz Roy peak, almost permanently covered by clouds, made the Tehuelches believe that the mountain was a volcano. Next to it, Mermoz, Poincenot and Gillaumet peaks, together with Egger, Standhardt and Bífida peaks (around Torre) complete this imposing mountain scenario that seems to emerge from the glaciers.
The Fitz Roy (11,171 f.a.s.l.) is one of the mountains that creates more magnetism on climbers. Its peak was reached for the first time in 1952, by the so-called French Way. Nowadays, there are various climbing routes. Silla de los Franceses is the departing point for the routes: Californiana, Inglesa and Argentina; from Piedras Blancas glacier departs the Spanish Route; from Pilar Este, Linea di Eleganza, Goretta, Kernin-Knight and Chimichurri y Tortas Fritas; from the West: Polaca, Afanassief, Tehuelche, Ensueño, Checoslovaca and Supercanaleta
Regarding Torre, the first climbers in reaching its peak (10,262 f.a.s.l.) were Maestri and Egger, in 1959, following the northern wall. Vía Ragni (=Ragni Route), on the southeast, was used in 1974 and 1977. On this wall, Maestri opened Vía del Compresor, a route that would be used in 1979 for the first time and, after that, it has always been the regular one. Routes have a difficulty level of 5 to 6 as per the French system and, in the nearby there are options for all levels.
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