THE CENTRAL TOWER OF PAINE(2800 m)
The Central Tower of Paine was first climbed in 1962 during a vicious battle to make the first ascent between British and Italian teams. The British team of Don Whillans and Chris Bonington were ultimately successful, beating the Italians by just 20 hours to the summit. The Central Tower is the most sought after summit in the Paine region. The phallic shape, perfect red granite, and accessibility lure both climbers and trekkers alike to the region. From the summit, the Pacific Ocean and the Argentine summit of Fitzroy are visible on a clear day.
From Campamento Japanese(Japanese Camp), a strenuous 5 hour approach is made to the base of the climb. The climbs wanders up the initial 1200 feet via a series of splitter cracks and dihedrals. There are two or three sections of 5.11, but most of the climbing is 5.8-5.9. After a large ledge and possible bivy site is reached, the climb rambles onto the exposed East Face, climbing steep 5.9 cracks, and tops out on the summit ridge. A 400 foot traverse with moves up to 5.8 is then made to reach the true summit.
Attempts on the peak will be made in lightweight one day pushes. Climbing time on the route is 8 to 10 hours, and the descent takes about 4 hours.
Professional mountain guides(1 to 2 guide-client ratio), airport pickup in Punta Arenas and shuttle service to Puerto Natales, three nights hotel rooms in Puerto Natales, all bus shuttles to and from the park, entrance and permit fees, porter and cook fees, all expedition food, community gear(such as first aid supplies, walkie talkies,cooking gear and stoves,) and all community climbing gear(including ropes, fixing lines, carabiners, cams, nuts, and pitons).
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR
Flights to and from Punta Arenas, personal equipment(clothing, harness, ice axe), all meals in Puerto Natales(about $20/day), and medical insurance.
ITINERARY-14 Days (Jan 10, 2006-Jan 22, 2006)
Day 1 Arrive to Punta Arenas via Santiago, airport pickup and transport to Puerto Natales, check into the Hotel, and have a brief meeting, before enjoying a delicious meal.
Day 2 Rest, prepare, and pack for trip. We will check people's equipment, have a further discussion on the logistics of the expedition, and enjoy the scenic sights of Puerto Natales.
Day 3 A scenic three-hour bus ride into the Towers of Paine and a six-hour hike to basecamp.
Day 4 Attempt to climb Central Tower (We will have 8 days in which to find a weather window and make the summit. We may ferry some gear and fix ropes during this time in preparation. If we make a successful ascent early on, we will use the remaining time to hike and explore the area.)
Day 5 Attempt to climb Central Tower.
Day 6 Attempt to climb Central Tower.
Day 7Attempt to climb Central Tower.
Day 8 Attempt to climb Central Tower.
Day 9Attempt to climb Central Tower.
Day 10 Attempt to climb Central Tower.
Day 11Attempt to climb Central Tower.
Day 12 Return to Puerto Natales, and celebration dinner.
Day 13 Depart for flight home or continue vacation.
COST OF TRIP - $3,900.00