Saturday, September 15, 2007, 8pm, SUNY New Paltz LC100
Adventures and Mis-Adventures in Patagonia
A multi-media Presentation by John BraggAbout John Bragg, a.k.a. "The Enduro Man"
John Bragg is one of the leading American climbers of the last 30 years. He was one of the pioneers in the free climbing revolution in the US in the late 1970's, establishing the now classics "Kansas City" and "Gravity's Rainbow", both 5.12d, in the Shawangunks. John Bragg was also one of the leaders of the ice climbing revolution in New Hampshire in the late 70's establishing such modern testpieces as the "Black Dike" and "Repentance".
Bragg then took these new rock and ice techniques and standards to the Fitzroy area of Patagonia, where, in 1976, he was part of a team of three that did the first ascent of Torre Egger. That terrifying satellite of Cerro Torre is now considered by many to be one of the hardest summits in the world.
The next year he led another team of three on the second ascent of Cerro Torre's West Face -- the first American and first alpine style ascent of the mountain.
He has returned to the Fitzroy area twice in the ensuing years, making two attempts to solo the Super Couloir on Cerro Fitzroy. In 2003 he led an exploration of an area on the eastern edge of the Patagonian Icecap near Logo O'Higgins where he and Jim Donini made several attempts to climb the unclimbed Cerro Kruger.
In 2006, he led his seventh expedition to Patagonia to an unexplored area near Puerto Murta, Chile. There, the team made explorations and an attempt on an unclimbed peak they named The Fortress.About the show:
The Fittzroy area of Patagonia, once the far edge of the frontier of world alpinism, is now a well traveled center for climbing and trekking, but the mountains of Patagonia outside of the Fitzroy group remain those of mystery and adventure.
John Bragg has been travelling to this far tip of South America to climb and explore for more than 30 years. His multi-media presentation describes several of those expeditions, from the first ascent of Torre Egger, to the second ascent of Cerro Torre, to explorations and climbs in remote areas. Along the way, we learn some of the early history of the area, as well as of the early climbs and the controversy surrounding the claimed first ascent of Cerro Torre, one of the great mysteries of modern mountaineering.
Told in stunning pictures, music, narration and animation this presentation shows us not only one man's adventures, but also a window into the climbing world's enduring obsession with the mountains of Patagonia.
The show is on the SUNY New Paltz campus in Lecture Room LC100 at 8:00pm and is co-sponsored by Rock and Snow. Click here for a SUNY New Paltz campus map
. Admission is a $10.00 donation to the GCC Rescue Fund.