Zorro Colorado - Cerro Dos Picos S Face
As its name says, Cerro Dos Picos is a bicuspidate secluded peak belonging to San Lorenzo Group, Northern Patagonia, East to Cerro Hermoso. The two summits are separated by a saddle named Paso Hermoso; on the South side of the peak lies a conspicuous glacier. Due to its shape, Cerro Dos Picos is indicated like "Twin peak" in the report of the first and second summiters, both South Africans.
Zorro Colorado is a direct route realized in 1987 on Cerro Dos Picos iced South Face by two members of "Patagonia '87 Italian Expedition", a team who climbed some other new routes in Cerro Torre group the same period.
From Gobernador Gregores head towards NW and then follow a gravel road leading to Estancia El Rincon (870 mt). From here follow towards North a trail entering the Rio Lacteo Valley and reaching Puesto San Lorenzo (980 mt). Carry on along the valley reaching a good campsite situated where the forest ends, just in front of Cerro Hermoso and Cerro Dos Picos South Side.
From this Base Camp Cerro Dos Picos South face is clearly seen and easily approached scrambling up towards the glacier starting point, then following the glacier to the seracs' high wall.
ZORRO COLORADO (The Red Fox)
Difficulty: D, 80° max
Length: 800 mt
First ascent: Alberto Rampini C.A.A.I. and Davide Brighenti A.G.A.I.(Patagonia '87 Italian Expedition) 21.11.1987
Climb directly the steep seracs' wall with several pitches (some pitches till 80°), gaining the upper easier snow slopes, which are followed towards a rocky saddle along the West Ridge. Climb the rocky ridge (poor rock, max IV grade UIAA), getting to the summit.
Descent: climb down the ascent route (one abseil) reaching the rocky saddle; from here continue down along the ridge, more and more easily reaching a col (Paso Hermoso), situated between Cerro Dos Picos and Cerro Hermoso. Descend towards South along some gently angled snow slopes, leading down to the moraine and the Base Camp.