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Alpine Climbing in Patagonia – The Early Years

Tuesday, June 25, at 7:00 pm. The Fitz Roy area of Patagonia, once the far frontier of world alpinism, is still remote but is now a well-traveled center for climbing and trekking. However, the mountains of Patagonia outside of the Fitz Roy group remain a site of mystery and adventure.

Acclaimed mountaineer and author John Bragg has been traveling to this far tip of South America to climb and explore for more than thirty years. On Tuesday, June 25, at 7:00 pm at the Camden Public Library, Bragg will provide a multi-media presentation describing several expeditions, from the first ascent of Torre Egger to the second ascent of Cerro Torre, to explorations and climbs in remote areas. Along the way, he will detail some of the early history of the area, as well as of the early climbs, including one of the great mysteries of modern mountaineering, the claimed first ascent of Cerro Torre.

Told in stunning pictures, music, narration, and animation, this presentation shows not only one man’s adventures, but further provides a window into the climbing world’s enduring obsession with the mountains of Patagonia.

Bragg will also talk about his novel The Broom of God, a mystery/thriller set in remote Chilean Patagonia.  “The book is shocking, filled with eccentric characters, and kept me up late, guessing!” says local author Judi Valentine. 

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