strongest climbers, including the late, visionary Wolfgang Güllich, stood beneath the central tower of Paine in southern Patagonia. Their dream was to find a way to free-climb this 1200m finger of alpine granite that defies the forces of nature and continues to stand in the face of some of the worst weather on the planet. The route would require hard, gymnastic and bold climbing while dealing with the cold and extreme wind that the area is notorious for.
To us this route stands in the world of climbing as a definition of vision. It stands as the epitome of what climbers can achieve when they forget the preconceived idea’s of others and allow themselves to dream.
Today, 18 years after the first ascent it has it has received just a handful of attempts, none of which have been able to match the style of the first ascent. The last few sections of aid are still to be freed and remain as a great problem for this generation.