After returning home in late February, he learned that his personal accomplishment of climbing every major tower in the group made him the first to do so. When asked about this accomplishment Whit stated, “I didn’t start climbing down there with this intention, but after last year’s success climbing the Wave Effect, finishing the range was an attainable goal, so I pushed for it.” The towers in order from north to south are Guillaumet, Mermoz, Fitz Roy, Silla, Desmochada, Poincenot, Innominata, Saint-Exupery, and de l’S.
We feel this is a commendable accomplishment by itself, however it is also worth noting the amount of time in which he did it. Over five trips amounting to only 14 weeks total, Whit climbed every tower, including three ascents of Fitz Roy itself.
In closing we asked Whit a few questions:
What are your favorite top three ascents?
The ones that stand out, in order are: the Wave Effect, an enchainment of Desmochada, Silla, and Fitz Roy, the North Pillar of Fitz Roy, and the Pilar Rojo which translates the Red pillar of Mermoz. You can look up information at www.PATAclimb.com
What SCARPA boots do you use for Patagonia?
Force climbing shoes for all day comfort jamming cracks, the Dharma Pro for the long approaches and descents, and the Charmoz GTX boot for more snowy endeavors where crampons are needed. That’s all you really need down there. Oh and a pair of Boosters for the bouldering.
What’s next for you down south?
The Torre Group, with its snow capped summits. I can’t wait!