A first ascent can take some work, but three years, three attempts and 150 days of tracing the new line - that is commitment.
The Egger Project is a series following the incredible first ascent of the west face of Egger in Patagonia. This is possibly one of the greatest adventures in alpinism - in the first two years of trying, alpinists Matteo della Bordella and Matteo Bernasconi teamed up on the route and came 30m shy of the Col de Lux.
Feeling lucky to be alive, they decided to retreat. At that point they had climbed 23 pitches with difficulties up to 7a and A2, had placed only two bolts, and named their attempt 'Die Another Day' in reference to their anchor almost pulling out and their experience of coming close to falling to their deaths.
And that's not their final attempt... Follow this incredible video series and find out how these alpinists achieved their very difficult dream of a first ascent in Patagonia.
Three-Year Epic for First Ascent in Patagonia - The Challenge | The Egger Project, Ep. 1
On Saturday 2 March 2013, Matteo della Bordella and Luca Schiera made the first ascent of a new route breaching the West Face of Torre Egger (Cerro Torre massif, Patagonia) - the last big wall unclimbed in Patagonia.
The adventure leading up to this was 2 years in the making. Matteo Bernasconi and Matteo Della Bordella worked doggedly and courageously in their pursuit of their goal. They had to fight against a countinous overhanging line, rock fall, and the infamously horrific Patagonian weather. The days spent in a snow cave by Bernasconi and Della Bordella will bring a smile to your face while the risks and moments of panic endured in the second year will last long in the memory.
The Egger project series is also a metaphor for life - focusing, enduring, struggling and in the end accomplishing through hard work and determination.
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