Many people hear the word Patagonia and their mind instantly goes to the towers of Torres del Paine, Cerro Torre, or puffy jackets. Climbers plan and train for years to prepare themselves to battle the fickle weather and dance amongst the granite towers of the Fitz Roy Massif. My experience was a little different.
I set off to Patagonia with four months of climbing experience, a giant 70L backpack, a rope, personal climbing gear, a lot of stoke, and no expectations.
You see, Patagonia is much more than a few parks - it is a giant region composed of 402,700 mi² across Argentina and Chile. I was convinced there had to be 5.8s somewhere and so I began my research. After reading endless posts on Mountain Project, watching climbers’ videos on youtube, and exchanging emails with fellow climbers I decided that my journey would begin in the North of Argentine Patagonia, in a beautiful mountain playground called the Frey.
I didn’t know anyone. I didn’t have partners lined up. But Mountain Project told me it wasn’t too difficult to find partners, so I was hopeful. I packed my backpack with my climbing gear, food for 5 days and set off on a 10km hike, arriving sweaty, destroyed, and smiling to this incredible view. 📷:@loreahjanephotography #aac