American Alpinist Colin Haley has reported on his blog that he has made a solo ascent of Exocet (500m, WI5, 5.9), on Cerro Standhardt, Patagonia.
Haley is perhaps best known for completing the Torre Traverse in 2008 with Rolando Garribotti.
Haley used a rope for some sections of Exocet, including quite a nifty self belaying rig which he has detailed in his blog. He has written a full account of the ascent:
"I left the Niponino bivouac very early Saturday morning, and at four am arrived at the Standhardt-Bifida col, where the Exocet route (500m, WI5, 5.9) begins. In the dark I self-belayed the slabby mixed terrain of the first pitch, and then in the morning sunlight soloed across the large ramp system that rises across Standhardt's east face...."
- Full report: Colin's Blog
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