A German climber has been killed and an Austrian climber sustained multiple fractures after being hit by an avalanche and rocks at Aguja Guumet in the Cerro Fitz Roy cove in southern Italy. ArgentinaInformed official sources on Friday (7).
The avalanche occurred on Thursday afternoon (6). A third climber, unhurt, managed to get off and seek help.
La Guillaumet (2,574 m) is a satellite needle of Fitz Roy or Cerro Chaltén (3,405 m), located in the southern Patagonia ice field, south of the Andes.
A source from the Andean Center in Chalten told AFP that “the man who died was a German and she is from Austria. She is hospitalized in (…) Calafat.”
The 28-year-old woman was rescued alive and, after an evacuation that lasted several hours, was taken to a health center in El Chalten, a town 2,600 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires, and later transferred to a large hospital.
Finally, she was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Samic Hospital in the city of Calafate (2750 km SW).
“Multiple fractures to the ribs, chest and neck, and severe trauma to the right knee were among the main injuries, but they were obvious and stable,” Dr. Carolina Kudo told local FM Decision.
Meanwhile, the body of the German climber was found lifeless on Friday.
About 45 rescue teams participated in the operation.
The three climbers were members of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (UIAGM).
“Aguja Guillamet is the perfect introduction to Patagonia’s first alpine climb for experienced climbers. The terrain includes steep quarries, snow and glaciers, ice climbing, and rock climbing,” specialized tour agency Mountaineering Patagonia says on its website.
El Chalten Mountain Guides reports that Aguja Guillamet is one of the first goals of a new climber in the area – climbing to get used to rocks, snow, wind and weather.
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