It's all going down in Patagonia at the moment. Colin Haley and Alex Honnold have made the second ascent and first one-day ascent of the Torre Traverse in Patagonia, Argentina, in a staggering time of 20 hours and 40 minutes. This remarkable feat comes 8 years after Colin made the first ascent of the traverse over 4 days alongside Rolando Garibotti in 2008.
The enchainement consists of a north-to-south traverse, taking in Cerro Standhardt, Punta Herron, Torre Egger, and Cerro Torre.
The news broke on Patagonia Vertical's Facebook Page, where Garibotti commented:
“Oh boy, how times change. This crazy sport moves forward in giant leaps. Eight years after the first ascent, Colin Haley sends the Torre Traverse again, this time with the one and only Alex Honnold, this time in a 20:40 hour blitz. Yes, the Torre Traverse got climbed in a day! Read that again, and again. Seems like yesterday when it was a quixotic project that would never see the light of day."
"Something tells me this record will stand for a long time to come.”
Haley and Honnold had attempted to complete the traverse in March last year, but dangerous storm conditions forced the pair to make a reluctant retreat just two pitches short of the Cerro Torre summit.
Colin also recently made the first solo ascent of Torre Egger, as reported on UKC. Add to this the recent repeat of Psycho Vertical (UKC Report) by Korra Pesce and team, it seems like the 2016 Patagonia season is having a particularly successful run so far...
Read a UKC Interview with Rolando Garibotti about the first ascent of the traverse in 2008.