In 2010 Matteo Della Bordella, Luca Schiera and Matteo Bernasconi were presented with a challenge: the west face of the Torre Egger, possibly the last unclimbed big wall in Patagonia. They knew it would be a challenge. What they didn't know was that the project would take three years and nearly kill them in one fell swoop.
When we rejoin the climbers on their second attempt they have already spent seven days in a snow cave eating year-old cheese and chain smoking. When the weather breaks things seem to be looking up until Della Bordella slips off an overhanging roof, pulls nearly every piece of protection out of the wall and leaves himself and his belayer, Bernasconi, hanging by a single cam.
Here's an excerpt of what Della Bordella wrote after he and Bernasconi recovered and descended: "For the whole night I'm unable to close my eyes, the cold and the great quantity of adrenaline which still flow through my body keep me awake. I struggle with whether I should try to go up again, with or without the hand drill. After thinking about it for a long time I've decided I'm too frightened to try to go up there again. It's so hard for my ego to accept, but I realize that what happened - it's just too much for me, I don't want to put myself in that kind of game anymore. I'm too afraid to lose!"
Tune in next week to see how the team rebounds from its darkest hour.
Cheating Death on the Torre Egger in Patagonia: Two Climbers One Cam | The Egger Project, Ep. 3
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