Cerro Torre

Elevation (feet): 10,280
Elevation (meters): 3,133
Continent: South America
Country: Argentina
Range/Region: Patagonia
Latitude: -49.293337
Longitude: -73.097363
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Best months for climbing: Jan, Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: 1974
First successful climber(s): Daniele Chiappa, Mario Conti, Casimiro Ferrari, and Pino Negri

Thanks to Sara Yenzer & Sara Wi for adding this peak.

Cerro Torre is a stunning pointed peak located in the Patagonia region near the southern tips of Argentina and Chile. It is located within Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (Argentina) just north of Torres del Paine National Park (Chile). It is the tallest of four peaks rising along the easern edge of the the Patagonian Ice Cap (the others are Torre Egger, Punta Herron, and Cerro Standhart).

Cerro Torre is one of the world's most coveted peaks because of its technical difficulty and notoriously bad weather, and many climbers have turned back just shy of the summit, which is often covered in a mushroom of rime ice.

Cesare Maestri reported that he and Toni Egger had been the first to summit the peak in 1959, a climb in which Egger was killed in an avalanche during the descent. However, Maestri's claim has come under much dispute. Maestri tried again in 1970 with a new team of climbers, this time equipped with a gas-powered compressor drill and enough bolts to construct a route up 350 meters of rock. Despite his determination and technology, however, he still was unable to ascend the ice mushroom at the top. The first undisputed ascent was made by Daniele Chiappa, Mario Conti, Casimiro Ferrari, and Pino Negri in 1974.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 4 trip reports for Cerro Torre.

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  • Log #13563 - by Judy Brandt on Sep 03, 2004
    Interesting controversy on the first climbers of this peak. I became aware of it when watching the unmemorable film which modernized the event in 1990 called: "Scream of Stones" with Donald...
  • Log #13564 - by Andrea Vinci on Feb 13, 2003
    For sure Maestri and Egger reached for first the top of this mountain. I BELIEVE. Who IS an Alpinist and dont' DO Alpinism really do knows what i'm saying.
  • Log #13565 - by Jeremy Welshbrate on July 05, 2001
    Forced To Abandon summit after strom, Rock was just too cold to climb, and I dident want to use Aiders
  • Log #13566 - by Keith Falkner on Mar 06, 2001
    I have never been near Cerro Torre, but I chanced on an interesting source of information on this challenging mountain. The 1959 attempt by Maestri and Egger may not have been successful. The 1982...