26 February 2015
Marc-André Leclerc, Canadian 22 years old, did the first solo ascent of Corkscrew route (5.10d, A1) on Cerro Torre, an ascent that for Rolando Garibotti is “by far the hardest route ever soloed on Cerro Torre”; second after Renato Casarotto ascent on Fitz Roy north pillar only.
The Corkscrew route starts from southeast ridge before to traverse to the south face and joining the Ragni Route to reach the summit. The first ascent of the route was realized in 2008 thanks to Ole Lied and Trym Atle Saeland alpinists that did also a little part of Compressor route. After some years, in 2013, Colin Haley and Chad Kellogg climber the Corkscrew “by fair means”, avoiding the bolts of Compressor climbing Filo Sureste before to traverse on Ragni route.
Marc-André started in the dark, after a very not good night for the weather. Luckily, the day of the ascent was sunny enough and good conditions accompanied Marc till the summit. For 98% of the route he climbed in free solo, using rope only for a very short part and above all to recover his pack.
This is only the second season in Patagonia for Marc that recently did also Directa de la Mentira (1200m, 5.10, A1, WI4-5) and La Travesía del Oso Buda (1200m, 5.10, A1, M5, WI 5-6) with Colin Haley.