Set a quickest recognized time (FKT) on a seven-day mountaineering route within the coronary heart of the Patagonian Andes in a single push? The goals 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 consequence was nonetheless superlative.
“Patagonia, for me, means, ‘very wind[y] place,’” she begins. “The wind can not cease right here. It’s at all times unhealthy 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, velocity 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 superb 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 toes 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 listing.
Of their try, Gerbin, an American, mentioned within the movie, “There usually are not many individuals who make good companions for this kind of problem … so to do it with Fernanda makes the proper staff.”
Gerbin appears proper heading in the right direction — Maciel has her methodology down pat.
“Often, attempting to go quick means to go gentle,” the Brazilian assesses. “[But] there’s a restrict between the safety and the efficiency. So meaning a whole lot 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 way in which to FKT standing — in “Hielo.”