Harrington, Roberts and Gratton complete new route on Torre Egger
- Sunday 16th February 2020
Brette Harrington, Quentin Roberts and Horacio Gratton have successfully completed a new route - Marc-Andre’s Visión - on the East Face of Torre Egger, Patagonia.
Brette Harrington’s Instagram page detailing the climbing on the new route
An extended period of challenging weather in Patagonia giving only short weather windows and hence limited climbing opportunities finally came to an end in early February allowing Harrington, Roberts and Gratton to attempt and complete the new route.
PlanetMountain reports that the team completed the first ascent of the line which was first envisaged in 2016 by the late Marc-André Leclerc. During a settled period of good weather between February 6th and the 9th the team spent four days engaged on the line up the East Face of Torre Egger. The route climbs a previously unclimbed crack system on the slender East Pillar.
Marc-André Leclerc shared information about the line with his partner Brette Harrington. She then tried and almost succeeded on the line in early 2019 with Quentin Roberts. That attempted was abandoned at the half-height snowfield when Harrington’s mountain boots became detached from haul system.
Brette Harrington and Quentin Roberts were joined by Horacio Gratton for the latest attempt at the line which they completed on February 9th despite what was described as "incredibly icy and cold conditions". The team finally reached the summit, via Titantic, at 6pm on day three after which they abseiled back down the route overnight before finally regaining their basecamp the next day.
Harrington, Roberts and Gratton named the 950m long route, which has 5.12b/c climbing, Marc-Andre’s Visión.
For more details of the ascent and further comments from Brette Harrington click through here to go to PlanetMountain.
Click through here to go to Brette Harrington’s IG page.