On the 19th of January, David Lama ascended Cerro Torre and a piece of mountaineering history was written. He’s the first climber to have ever scaled the southeast face of the mountain without additional technical aid. It only took him three years worth of trying but hey, three is a lucky number, right?
“I can’t believe it…” Lama writes on his website, “For more than three years I was driven by the idea of freeclimbing the Compressor route on Cerro Torre and now this dream has become true!”
Compared to his two other attempts of Cerro Torre, Lama stated in an interview to Planet Mountain:
“This year, everything fell into place. Peter and I had climbed lots of routes together in the Alps during the year and we were fit. We had prepared our gear perfectly for the route and we had good ascent tactics. When I arrived in El Chalten I somehow knew that were I to fail this year, then perhaps I’d never succeed.”
An extremely impressive climb and motivation to all climbers everywhere. In case you needed some visual inspiration though, here’s a video of his ascent.