In Patagonia
371 seconds of life and climbing in the mountains of Argentina and Chile, by Nico Favresse, Renan Ozturk, Bjorn-Eivind Artun, Freddie Wilkinson, Camilo Lopez, and Stephen Koch.

This is Patagonia

Nicolas Favresse and team carrying loads before the first free ascent of the South African Route, Central Tower of Paine, February 2009.


Sean Leary describes the genesis of his Patagonia trip with Renan Ozturk (film editor) and Cedar Wright (music) in February 2009. After a short new route and a spectacular wingsuit flight, the Vertical Carnival moved on to Rio. 

Big Ice

hvit_linje2Bjorn-Eivind Artun (filming) and Marius Olsen make the first ascent of Hvit Linje, a remarkable ice runnel on the flanks of Aguja Poincenot, November 2008.



How Routes Get Named



Freddie Wilkinson (filming) and Dana Drummond bivouack on the summit of Aguja Mermoz during the three-day Care Bear Traverse, over Guillaumet, Mermoz, and Fitz Roy, February 2007.


30 Hours

Camilo Lopez and Anna Pfaff climb a new variation to the northeast pillar of Aguja Guillaumet (30 hours from Chalten to the summit) and the Whillans Route on Aguja Poincenot, January 2009

Thinking of Home

Stephen Koch sends a message to his pregnant wife from the summit of Cerro Torre after the first ascent of the complete southeast ridge, with Dean Potter and Marko Prezelj, January 2006.

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