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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: Alessandro Beltrami on Cerro Torre
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Italian climber Alessandro Beltrami peers out from the ledge where we bivouacked during our ascent. This ledge is located half way up the north ridge, about 250 meters (820 feet) above the Col of Conquest, or 2,828 meters (9,280 feet) up Cerro Torre. During our first attempt we reached this point in two days. On our second attempt and successful ascent, we reached this point in just one day. The peak in the background is Torre Egger. To the far left, the eastern edge of the Patagonian Icecap is just visible.

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