Pete Whittaker and Sean Villanueva are repeating the Yacaré route (550m, 7a+) opened by Pedro and Tomás Odell earlier this month on the Aguja Rafael Juarez in Patagonia. The British-Belgian rope team managed to free climb all rope lengths for the first time.
An offwidth crack, exposed, icy and not yet free climbed: that sounds like the perfect challenge for the crack pro Pete Whittaker and Patagonia Specialist Sean Villanueva. A week after the first ascent through Pedro and Tomas Odell Do you have the first free ascent of the wild tour at the Aguja Rafael Juárez gesichert.
A wide crack, icy and glazed
In alligator 200 meters of easier climbing lead to the vertical east face of Aguja Rafael Juarez, where four pitches later the key pitch awaits: an impressive off-width crack that has not yet been completely free climbed. "Since Sean also loves a good portion of off-width struggles, we wanted to give it a try," says Pete Whittaker.
The endeavor turned out to be quite challenging, especially since the crack was covered with a lot of ice in the wider sections. "The pitch turned out to be 60 meters of incredible climbing with a delicate movement on friction to connect the cracks."
This is what offwidth climbing feels like in icy conditions
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Credits: Cover picture Pete Whittaker