When equipment breaks while climbing (friends), it's not good - but if friends break up in the tent (when they're snowed-in), it's even worse.
In just one sunny day, Matteo Della Bordella and Matteo Bernasconi climbed six pitches of the old attempt of Salvaterra, on-sighting an A3 part and opening a new pitch. So the beginning of January 2011 seemed to pave a good way to the target.
So is the west face of Egger, the last unclimbed wall of Patagonia, easier than expected?
Breaking Friends on the Wall, Making Friends in the Tent | The Egger Project, Ep. 2
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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