February 12, 2021
Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll Nails the Fitz Roy Traverse, Solo
Patagonia’s Fitz Traverse is intense. Gnarly. Brutal. Beautiful. Awful. Stunning. Impossible-seeming.
To traverse Cerro Fitz Roy and its six sister peaks means 13,000 feet of vertical gain in only 4 miles, with plenty of technical climbing. It was first traversed by Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold in 2014. Now, it’s been done solo.
Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll, who lives in Patagonia, just turned 40, and like you do, decided to celebrate by completing one of the most difficult climbing challenges imaginable all by himself. Reportedly he did the whole thing with only rope, a penny whistle, and lots of birthday cake.
“Really good whistle acoustics on those peaks,” he reported.
Next time you look at the Fitz logo on your Patagonia jacket, imagine a tiny figure, all alone, dangling from one of the peaks, trying to blow a penny whistle with a mouth full of cake.