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Patagonia’s Cerro Torre, considered by many the most beautiful peak in the world, draws the finest and most devoted technical alpinists to its climbing challenges. But controversy has swirled around this ice-capped peak since Cesare Maestri claimed first ascent in 1959. Since then a debate has raged, with world-class climbers attempting to retrace his route but finding only contradictions. This chronicle of hubris, heroism, controversies and epic journeys offers a glimpse into the human condition, and why some pursue extreme endeavors that at face value have no worth.
Kelly Cordes maximizes outdoor time and climbing alpine-style routes. His climbing includes the first ascent of the Azeem Ridge in “disaster style.” He writes to support his passion for climbing and is a Patagonia Ambassador. He lives in Estes Park, CO.
Table of Contents
Part One Toni, Toni, Toni In the Beginning 1959 Origins of Belief Doubt, Rage and a Gas-Powered Compressor Ragni di Lecco Body Parts and Evidence Poseidon and Zeus Cold Reality Unraveling Egger’s Death Blessed by Bridwell
Part Two The Road to Hell and a Bridge to Paradise Cerro Torre’s Greatest Lover Faith, Fantasy and the Power of Myth Insight from Reinhold Solidarity Unveiled
Part Three New Patagonia El Arca de Los Vientos Stop Making Sense Los Tiempos Perdidos A New Story Demystification of a Massif Contrast on the Southeast Ridge
Part Four Six Days Anger A Conversation in Italy El Chalten Another Lie The Man and the Mountains Truth