Photo by Bob Rankin
|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)|
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.