Set a quickest identified time (FKT) on a seven-day mountain climbing route within the coronary heart of the Patagonian Andes in a single push? The targets in a brand new video starring The North Face mountain athletes Fernanda Maciel and Kaytlyn Gerbin had extra to do with respect for the terrain and the duty at hand — however the final result was nonetheless superlative.
“Patagonia, for me, means, ‘very wind[y] place,’” she begins. “The wind can’t cease right here. It’s all the time dangerous climate.”
Revered by journey athletes around the globe, the jagged Fitz Roy massif routinely churns up heavy climate on the plateau above El Chaltén, Patagonia. On any long-distance goal there, pace and security are kings.
No person is aware of this higher than Maciel, who first conceived of working La Vuelta al Hielo — out to, throughout, after which safely again from one of many world’s largest ice fields — a decade in the past. The area’s famously brutal climate shut her down on her first try.
Thus the brand new video, “Hielo,” opens with Maciel’s fast dialogue of excellent situations and security margins. A panoply of variables are in play alongside the route — from the Rio Electrico Bridge to El Chaltén, it covers an exhaustive 8,600 ft of vertical acquire and 48 miles.
To do La Vuelta al Hielo in a single push, runners have to seek out overlapping climate home windows in a number of completely different climatic zones and be environment friendly on closely various terrain. Trails, technical sections together with a Tyrolean river traverse, a deep river crossing, and lengthy ice flats are all on the record.
Of their try, Gerbin, an American, mentioned within the movie, “There will not be many individuals who make good companions for any such problem … so to do it with Fernanda makes the proper workforce.”
Gerbin appears proper heading in the right direction — Maciel has her methodology down pat.
“Often, attempting to go quick means to go mild,” the Brazilian assesses. “[But] there’s a restrict between the safety and the efficiency. So meaning lots of respect to the mountain. That is Patagonia.”
It certain is. Watch the 2 runners put together, work collectively, and push the boundaries — all the best way to FKT standing — in “Hielo.”