The mountain wanted to devour me, and hold me in its stomach forever. This route was going to be the longest climb of my life. A vertical net gain of 2000 meters seemed nearly impossible at my ability level. I wanted to climb the route more than I have ever wanted to climb anything else in my life.
Scott and I began climbing The North West Ridge of Aguja Mermoz into The North Pillar of Cerro Fitz Roy. We free climbed up to 5.11, and used points of aid, pendulums, and rappels to navigate through the tricky ridges along with wet and icy cracks. We successfully completed the wild idea to climb one of the longest route in El Chalten.
Climbing has always been a quintessential part of finding purpose. In the seemingly never-ending whirlwind of positive and negative emotions, I found peace in Patagonia.
After 24 hours on 3 airplanes and 50 hours on 3 busses, I finally found myself in Patagonia. I feel blessed to be able to call El Chalten, Argentina home for two months.
I have been editing all of the footage as fast as possible in the back of our ghetto living situation in a trailer behind an old couple's house. Staying patient with the town's extremely slow satellite internet connection, I hope you enjoy Chapter 2 of my adventure in South America.