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Rolando Garibotti

Rolando Garibotti

Rolando “Rolo” Garibotti has been climbing in Patagonia just shy of three decades. He’s the author of a guidebook to the area, Patagonia Vertical, creator of the online climbing guide and a Patagonia ambassador. These days he splits his time between the town of El Chaltén, Argentina, and the Dolomites in Italy. Photo: Dörte Pietron


Lean and mean. Using only tiny granite edges and small blobs of ice, Chris Mutzel finds the first pitch of Exocet on Aguja Standhardt to be run out, rime-covered and extra-heady. Argentine Patagonia. Photo: Austin Siadak

Inclement Gifts

Dec 14, 2018 December 14, 2018

Weather has a way of complicating—and enriching—everything. By the time I top out, it’s snowing and it’s dark. I walk back as far as the rope will let me, and in the flattest spot I can find, I dig a hole and sit, bracing myself. I yell, “Rope-fixed!” repeatedly, but… Read More

Photo: Dörte Pietron

The 2015–16 Patagonia Season ‘Patagonia d’Or’

Apr 8, 2016 April 8, 2016

While many historic climbs occurred this past season, if I were giving awards, my “Patagonia d’Or” would go to a selfless and lasting non-ascent. The momentum began in late 2014, with climber Steffan Gregory, who sent me an email: “I’m looking at returning to Chaltén next season and wanted to… Read More

Above: Patagonia 2015. Photo: Mikey Schaefer

The Vida Patagonia

Jan 18, 2016 January 18, 2016

Rolo and a handful of stoked Patagonia ambassadors and friends will be sharing images and stories of their adventures throughout the Patagonia climbing season. Follow along at If you’re planning to make a climbing trip to the area, tag your photos with… Read More