The Tower A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-12-16
  • Publisher: Patagonia
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Patagonia’s Cerro Torre, considered by many the most beautiful peak in the world, draws the finest and most devoted technical alpinists to its climbing challenges. But controversy has swirled around this ice-capped peak since Cesare Maestri claimed first ascent in 1959. Since then a debate has raged, with world-class climbers attempting to retrace his route but finding only contradictions. This chronicle of hubris, heroism, controversies and epic journeys offers a glimpse into the human condition, and why some pursue extreme endeavors that at face value have no worth.

Author Biography

Kelly Cordes maximizes outdoor time and climbing alpine-style routes. His climbing includes the first ascent of the Azeem Ridge in “disaster style.” He writes to support his passion for climbing and is a Patagonia Ambassador. He lives in Estes Park, CO.

Table of Contents

Part One
Toni, Toni, Toni
In the Beginning
Origins of Belief
Doubt, Rage and a Gas-Powered Compressor
Ragni di Lecco
Body Parts and Evidence
Poseidon and Zeus
Cold Reality
Unraveling Egger’s Death
Blessed by Bridwell

Part Two
The Road to Hell and a Bridge to Paradise
Cerro Torre’s Greatest Lover
Faith, Fantasy and the Power of Myth
Insight from Reinhold
Solidarity Unveiled

Part Three
New Patagonia
El Arca de Los Vientos
Stop Making Sense
Los Tiempos Perdidos
A New Story
Demystification of a Massif
Contrast on the Southeast Ridge

Part Four
Six Days
A Conversation in Italy
El Chalten
Another Lie
The Man and the Mountains


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