Patagonia Vertical is the definitive mountaineering guidebook to the Chalten Massif Mountains in southern Patagonia in Argentina, which includes the Fitz Roy, Torre, Piergiorgio, Marconi and Adela mountain groups. The climbing here is centered on numerous steep jagged granite spires that range from 300m to 1,500m high. These mountains provide many classic alpine mountaineering routes involving rock, snow, ice-climbing and scrambling.
The quality and attention to detail stands out in this guidebook, with every aspect of the climbing in the area covered. This includes monthly average precipitation, humidity, temperature, and wind speed through to good environmental practice. Each route includes technical details, a description, a history, descent details, a bibliography, plus an excellent quality colour photo topo or line topo (often both).
Whilst climbing in this region is still an adventure the general infrastructure has vastly improved meaning climbing in the Chalten Massif is a climbing trip and not an expedition. The best time is visit is from is November through to the end of February, which statistically is the driest period.
Published in December 2012 this guidebook is written in English text throughout.
Number of pages is 368.
Size is 150mm x 240mm.