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FITZ ROY, FIRST ASCENT OF THE SOUTH-WEST BUTTRESS

LITO TEJADA FLORES

United States / 1969 / 29'

Alpinism outside Europe is proposed in Trento in 1969 with a documentary that shows the first climb along a new way on a peak in the Andes in Patagonia, Mount Fitz Roy which rises in one of the most inhospitable places on earth and which - as Doug Scott says - will never be ideal territory for practising extreme climbing, chiefly beacuse of the furious icy wind that sweeps across the mountain face. The scenes were all filmed on theFitz Roy (the cameraman actually reached the summit) and the voices on the soundtrack are those of the alpinists while climbing. We recognise the documental value and genuineness of the film (no subsequent reconstruction was made) and the authentic skill of the climber-artist Tejada Flores. Apart from the film Director, the group consisted of Yvon Chouinard, Richard Dorworth, Chris Jones and Doug Thompkins and the technique and ability of these climbers, who were the best at that time, was strained to the utmost.

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LITO TEJADA FLORES

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