The Victory and the
| On the other hand there was documentation that supported
and contradicted the feat and to know is impossible. Egger was dead and
the camera equipment and proof he carried lost. The case is still open today
and will never be resolved. Afterwards Maestri returned to Italy and there
many other alpinists insinuated that he had lied.
Vengeance, Tremendous Vengeance
Perhaps justified, with his pride hurt and bitterness, he decided on an original and crazy response to give his detractors. To return to the summit by a new route and go by any means available. In 1970 the expedition Campiglio 70 with the goal to reach the summit left for the southeast side during the winter. The members included Cesare Maestri, Carlo Claus, Ezio Alimonta, Pietro Vidi, Renato Valentini and his loyal friend and chief of the expedition, Cesarino Fava.
Whatever means necessary were used regardless of cost. They created the first double mountain boots constructed of plastic. Considered crazy in that time the boots were revolutionary and are used today. Equally revolutionary were the padded clothing stitched with aluminum that helped maintain interior body heat.
To support the run that would require many days of inactivity, Maestri conceived the idea of constructing a small prefabricated camp and leaving it at the foot of the tower. The Air Force of Argentina transported the materials free of charge thanks to Agip Petroli.
Maestri wrote a proposition: Ï need to find a machine that will permit me to break through the rock faster and it should be of compressed air. Here in front of the director of Atlas Copeo was Doctor Lai...ä drilling each twenty seconds.¨ Dr. Lai and his technicians should be embraced for crafting my machine that will pierce a block of granite¨air is expelled automatically and the point enters like a finger leaving a beautiful round hole. It has only one small defect:the compressor weighs 150 - 180 kilos.¨ The weather conditions are always bad with notable intensity and amounts of snow and forced the expedition to return. Maestri was not defeated and thought to return in the summer to achieve the remaining 400 meters. The compressor laid waiting for 3 months, but during the first test functioned well. The climb restarted on December 2, 1970 and the three reached the summit. During the descent of Maestri 20 of the fasteners failed on the summit wall and were then permanently fixed with the compressor like a record of his climb. The Cerro Torre had been defeated. Now his detractors are unable to say that Maestri had not reached the summit: now there are pictures and testimonials.
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