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A First Ascent of Cerro Fitz Roy, Patagonia

A gripping video account of two young climbers' first ascent of a most challenging route in Patagonia


Welcome adrenaline junkies: here lies the video capture of two young climbers in a first ascent of Cerro Fitz Roy, Patagonia. “This is without a doubt one of the sickest climbs I’ve ever done in my entire life,” states Cheyne Lempe, a self-described transient climber and blogger. Their pursuit takes them to a mountain shadowing Argentina’s El Chaltén village, in the ice fields of southern Patagonia. In Viva Patagonia – First Ascent, climbers Cheyne and co-cameraman/climbing partner Scott Bennett attempt this monster route  — the North West Ridge of Aguja Mermoz into the North Pillar of Cerro Fitz Roy. While not for the faint of heart, this thrilling footage in one of the longest routes in El Chaltén reminds us of the beauty and vastness of Patagonia, and its surrounding landscapes within Chile and Argentina.

Viva Patagonia – First Ascent from Cheyne Lempe on Vimeo.

By: Jason Z. Guest

  • Jason Z. Guest

    awesome account. love the video editing, too!