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patagonia

07/04/2018
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Tom Ballard: Cerro Torre IV

Catch Up on Tom’s Patagonian adventure: Cerro Torre I          Cerro Torre II          Cerro Torre III Failure (on the) Face Following on from his recent expedition to (try and) climb Cerro Torre in Patagonia, Tom reflects on the nature of success, the lessons of failure, and the importance of approaching both positively in order to grow. I’ve just come off the back of two ‘failed’ expeditions. That’s a lot of money, time and emotions wasted! But are they really wasted? Surely everything we... Read More

30/03/2018
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Tom Ballard: Cerro Torre III

Continue Tom’s Patagonian adventure: Cerro Torre I          Cerro Torre II          Cerro Torre IV Making do: a Masterclass 7:30am and I’m swinging my axe gingerly into a neve eyebrow. My back is against bare rock and my feet are pressed onto the opposite wall, where the snow and occasional blobs of neve are pasted to the rock. I hope the axe placement sticks! The dawn is doing its thing and I can see my surroundings now. The dim beam of my headtorch is now... Read More

05/03/2018
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Tom Ballard: Cerro Torre II

Continue Tom’s Patagonian adventure: Cerro Torre I          Cerro Torre III          Cerro Torre IV   Patience is a Virtue That’s been our problem, the wind. Patience… Waiting for ‘weather windows’ down in the ‘mini Cham’ of El Chalten is too good a thing really. You can go for a beer or a coffee and catch up on social media before heading to the crags or bountiful boulders. I started out my climbing ‘career’ way back when I was a nipper, bouldering. I haven’t done much... Read More

23/02/2018
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TOM BALLARD: Cerro Torre I

Continue Tom’s Patagonian adventure: Cerro Torre II          Cerro Torre III          Cerro Torre IV   Cerro Torre Reflections The goal is to climb a new route on Cerro Torre. I am already here in wonderful (and windy) Patagonia, sussing out the approach and getting to know this incredible area better. My climbing partner Marcin is due to arrive in a weeks time (when the weather will almost undoubtedly break), and we will begin our assault. Well, actually first we will have to get ourselves... Read More