I was born in Bariloche, a ski town in Northern Patagonia. When I turn six, I started skiing and with skiing began my love for the mountains. I spent my teens climbing and skiing around Refugio Frey where I met the people that inspired me to climb big mountains. Eventually after hearing so many stories about the Fitz Roy and the Cerro Torre I decided to go see for myself what the fuss was all about.
I headed south, crossing the Estepa with 500 pesos in my pockets and hand-me down climbing gear. Once in El Chalten, I learned the hard way to climb in the Patagonian style; fast, light and always on the lookout for Patagonia´s infamous weather. Every year I go back to El Chalten drawn by the magic of its granite towers. But no matter where I am climbing, being on a big wall with friends, drinking mate and discussing where to go next is what keeps me climbing.
I spent the last year in BC and got to ski some of the deepest snow I have ever seen. I now live in Squamish where I mostly climb amazing granite and complain about the weather. Maybe the weather in Patagonia was not so bad after all.
Jorge's blog: http://www.jorgeackermann.blogspot.com