British climbers are the first to scale staggering rock faces in Patagonia

Posted: May 6, 2014 by kirisyko in Climbing, High altitude mountaineering
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A young British man has become the first climber to scale the biggest unclimbed rock face in Patagonia.

Calum Muskett, 20, went on two expeditions to conquer sections of the 14-mile-long mountain range in the Torres del Paine National Park.

The range is famous for its staggering rock faces, several of which had previously been unconquered.

Peak performance: Dave Macleod is pictured during his ascent on Aguja Guillaumet

Peak performance: Dave Macleod is pictured during his ascent on Aguja Guillaumet

The climbers tackled a section of the 14-mile-long mountain range in the Torres del Paine National Park

The climbers tackled a section of the 14-mile-long mountain range in the Torres del Paine National Park

Calum, from Bethesda in Wales, made the first ascent of the South Face of the South Tower of Paine – the then biggest unclimbed rock face in Patagonia.

The young climber spent a month camping in the Bader Valley in the Torres del Paine National Park of Patagonia in Chile.

Sheer effort: Calum Muskett edges his way up to the summit

Sheer effort: Calum Muskett edges his way up to the summit

Don't look down! The ground below is obscured by mist as Dave pauses to take a photograph on his ascent

Don’t look down! The ground below is obscured by mist as Dave pauses to take a photograph on his ascent

Isolated: The climbers spent a month in the Bader Valley in the Torres del Paine National Park of Patagonia

Isolated: The climbers spent a month in the Bader Valley in the Torres del Paine National Park of Patagonia

Then Calum, with Scottish climber Dave Macleod, 36, completed the first ascent of a difficult route on a peak called Aguja Guillaumet in the Fitzroy national Park of Patagonia, Argentina.

Calum, who started climbing at the age of 13, said: ‘We were climbing in sub-zero temperatures every day and the sun would only hit us early in the morning.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2620455/Young-British-climber-scale-staggering-rock-faces-Patagonia.html#ixzz30w1fAo5v

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