Cerro Fitzroy

Photo of Cerro Fitzroy

Photo by Jacob Slot

Details

Elevation (feet): 11,073
Elevation (meters): 3,375
Continent: South America
Country: Argentina
Range/Region: Patagonia
Latitude: -49.271277
Longitude: -73.043375
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Year first climbed: 1952
First successful climber(s): Lionel Terray, Guido Magnone
Nearest major airport: Since 2000, El Calafate has its own airport. It is no longer necessary to travel via Rio Gallegos.
Convenient Center: Calafate (small town on the southern shores of Lago Argentino)

Description

Fitzroy is the high peak in a cluster of vertical rock spires that rise on the eastern edge of one of the great Patagonian ice caps. Several compact mountain groups rise alongside the ice caps, but the Fitzroy group is easily the most spectacular. Its rocky pinnacles tower with incredible steepness, providing fine rock wall climbs. Fitzroy, as well as Cerro Torre (10,262 ft.), another great peak which rises from a neighboring group, are located within Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. Many other excellent climbs are located here as well. Across the border into Chile, the park extends to the Pacific coast as the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. This area has traditionally been too remote to access without considerable difficulty, although tourism is now beginning to enter the area.