These expeditions take us to the heart of the Towers of Paine National Park, a wildlife refuge in Chilean Patagonia. These incredible red granite spires stick out of the lowland pampas to sheer heights of over 10,000 feet, with an incredible climbing history stretching back to the North Tower's first ascent in 1958. All Tower of Paine trips will have a basecamp in Camp Japanese, a magical little spot with its own river and beach in the last stand of forest before the mountain approach begins. Local handpicked porters will service our expeditions, and a permanent camp cook will keep everybody well nourished. Bad weather days will be spent resting in basecamp, while good weather days will see us attempting one day ascents of the Towers by their original or normal routes. While the weather can often be unstable in the Patagonia region, we will do everything we can to make a safe and successful ascent.
All of our Tower trips are lead by world renown climber Steve Schneider. Steve has more Tower ascents than any other climber on the planet, currently 12 ascents. In February of 2002, Steve made the first-ever traverse of the Towers in a continuous 51 hour push from basecamp that was done solo. The traverse is still unrepeated.
The North Tower of Paine - This Tower is by far the easiest, and is similar to climbing Snake Dike on Half Dome in a day from the Yosemite Valley floor, with just one ropelength of easy 5.10.
The Central Tower of Paine - The Central Tower ranks as one of the most majestic peaks on the planet, and is a highly sought out prize by climbers worldwide. The route is steep, technical, and exposed, but can be climbed and descended in one long day by people in top physical condition. Goes all free at 5.11c.
The South Tower of Paine- The highest of all the Towers, and by far the hardest. The upper two thirds of the route features sustained climbing in the 5.5 to 5.9 range. The lower thousand feet is the crux and has 5.11 climbing. This Tower also has the best view, being at the geographic center of the park.
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