Colin Haley Sets Multiple Climbing Records in Patagonia
Alpine climber Colin Haley, 32, spent 2016 racking up big wall speed records, solo records, and both first and second ascents — more action than many of his cohorts see in a lifetime. But you most likely haven't heard of Haley, because his feats take place in the corners of Patagonia, which doesn't garner American media attention the way our local climbing meccas, like Yosemite, do. To start, Haley soloed the California route on 11,171-foot Fitz Roy, for the second time, making him the only person, besides Dean Potter, to attain two solos of the iconic spire. Five days later, he and Andy Wyatt set a speed record on Fitz Roy, in 21 hours and 8 minutes. Perhaps most notably, Haley became the first person, on January 19, to rope-solo Torre Egger, a particularly perilous 9,350-foot granite turret. (Rope soloing is technique that allows a climber to ascend without a partner, while still having the protection of a rope on the gnarliest sections). It took him 16 hours to get to the top. Oh, and on January 31, Haley partnered with Alex Honnold to make the second ascent of the Torre Traverse. They did it in a blistering 20 hours and 40 minutes.
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