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Climbing Patagonia's Cerro Torre
Photos from the ultralight climb that finally retraced Cesare Maestri's  controversial alleged first-ascent route   Text and photograph by Rolando Garibotti
Photo: Rolando Garibotti on Cerro Torre
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This photo was taken 2,700 meters (8,910 feet) up Cerro Torre. This pitch led to the ledge where we spent our first night. The peak in the background is Torre Egger. At this point, we had to weave our way through the "unclimbable" mushroom cap of snow and ice. This involved moving from one crack to the other, sometimes swinging on our ropes like 60-foot (18-meters) pendulums. Here, I am hanging at the end of one of those pendulums.

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