Showing posts with label Josh Wharton and Whit Magro. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Josh Wharton and Whit Magro. Show all posts

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Whit enjoying Desmo's splitters!


Just arrived in Rifle, after a great five week trip to Patagonia. What a blast!
During the first three weeks the weather was miserable, so I bottled up my hopes of soloing Fitz Roy, and focused on bouldering. I managed to do some problems that I couldn't touch last season--always nice to see progression in your climbing--and put up a couple of new classics of my own.

As you saw in Whit's last post he arrived just in time for some good weather, lucky devil! After our ascent of Blood on The Tracks, we scurried back up to high camp to try a new free line on Desmochada. Unfortunately we were beaten back by icy cracks and poor conditions high on the peak, but not before getting in a great day of climbing. We managed to free climb the aid section of our intended route (which roughly follows the sun-shade arete in the above photo), and laid some great groundwork for a future attempt, and related "mega" project. Unfortunately I had to head home while the weather was still pretty good--painful to say the least! But Whit had one more day, and re-psyched for an attempt on the Poicenot's classic Whillian's route. As I write this, hopefully he's swilling drinks and resting tired legs on the flight home after a succesful climb.

Patagonia continues to be a place that captures my imagination. It's truly special to be able to live in a comfortable town, boulder every day, spend time with friends, and have incredible mountains within a five hour walk when good weather arrives. There's no place quite like it, and I can't wait until next year!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Off to Pakistan!

Hey All,

Whit and I are off to Pakistan on Wednesday, for a crack a Latok's North Face (above photo). We're very excited for the trip and can't wait to get over there and give 'er! The last couple months I've been busy preparing and training. Getting up to Rocky Mountain National Park to climb on the Diamond and Ships Prow (whipper photo on left), a quick trip to Alaska's Kichatna Spires (top-left photo), and lots of climbing running around home to get into the best shape possible. Pascal and Mike have decided to send along filmmaker Chris Altrin to document our trip, so hopefully we'll return with some great climbing stories and a bit of eye candy to share. I owe Mike, and especially Ian, a hearty thanks for making this trip a financial reality for Whit and me! Hope you all have a great start to your fall. I'll be in touch as soon as I'm home in October.


Josh Wharton