Fowler Off To Patagonia
Mild-mannered tax man to tackled unclimbed face in South America.
Posted: 21 August 2009
Notoriously hard but understated climber and mild-mannered tax man Mick Fowler
on a new expedition
in September, this time to attempt a new route on the second highest peak in Patagonia,
Cerro San Lorenzo
Fowler - above - will be leading a team of four on the 3,700-metre
mountain and aiming to put up a new route on the steep east wall.
The wall is apparently divided by the east ridge, which was
climbed in 1986, but the sheer faces on either side of the ridge are
The team will be working in two pairs, Fowler climbing with Es
Tressider while Steve Burns and Ian Cartwright make up the other
partnership. Fowler's an interesting and engaging character who's
managed to combine a high-powered career in the Inland Revenue with
mountaineering at the very highest level.
In fact he's reluctant to become a full time climber because, he once
told us, because having a full time career keeps the mountains special.
That said, he's still supported by Berghaus and will be using clothing
and kit from their Extrem range during the expedition.
“It looks like Cerro San Lorenzo will present us with some magnificent
mountaineering challenges. The chief problems we will face
are expected to be getting there, technical climbing and perhaps most
significantly, extreme weather, but we are optimistic and really
looking forward to the trip.”
The team departs on 17 September and updates on their progress will
appear on www.berghaus.com
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