NEWSFLASH: David Lama Frees The Compressor Route

Just days after Hayden Kennedy and Jason Kruk chopped the original bolts from the infamous Compressor Route on Cerro Torre, news is now spreading that Austrian climber David Lama has grabbed the first ever free ascent of the line.

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David Lama, 36 kb
David Lama
© David Lama
Lama, who was heavily criticised for his efforts on the route last year, during which extra bolts were placed and gear left abandoned, has now seemingly stepped up to the plate and made an ascent that will surely go down in mountaineering history.

The ascent has not yet been confirmed by Lama himself, but things are moving so quickly on this hot topic, that we have posted this preliminary report. Current reports are indicating that the route is around 8a in difficulty and that Lama followed more or less the original line.

When full details of this ascent are available, a more in-depth report will be published on

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