What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?
- Henry David Thoreau
Cochamó is widely regarded as the Yosemite of South America.
With lifetimes of untapped climbing potential on its granite walls, Robbie Phillips knew it would be a great place to plan an expedition with the goal of establishing a hard, new big-wall free climb. Over five weeks down there earlier this year, he found his dream project. When British climber Robbie Phillips told people he was going to Patagonia, they pictured the jagged skylines of Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine. So most were surprised to learn that he was going to a different rock Mecca, an area that has gained the reputation as the Yosemite of South America, namely Cochamó.