Via delle Mamme, Torre Central del Paine West Face

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Patagonia, Chile, South America
Route Type:
Trad Climbing, Big Wall
Time Required:
One to two days
Rock Difficulty:
5.10b (YDS)

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Via delle Mamme, Torre Central del Paine West Face
Created On: May 6, 2011
Last Edited On: Feb 11, 2018


Via delle Mamme - West Face of Torre Central del Paine

The Torres del Paine come out from the Magellanic forests with high and impressive vertical cliffs. The majestic and the highest one among the three is the incredible Torre Central, situated in the middle.
The West wall of the Torre Central is an impressive 800 meters high wall, secluded and hidden inside a wild basin surrounded by a circle of others mighty peaks. It considerably clashes with the iconic image of the opposite side, the East wall, celebrated and well visible from the Mirador, a panoramic point of view near the Base Camp approachable by a short walk. Here it's possible to take maybe the most impressive view over Torres del Paine stunning East walls, quite famous all over the world in reason of their excellence and outstanding steepness. Who has not admired - if not in person at least in the pictures - this masterpiece of nature? While rising towards the sky like three perfect granite arrows they represent one of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world and draw irresistibly the eye of every climber. This vision is celebrated as well as the beauty of the surrounding landscape, shaped by the action of the ancient glaciers. Also renowned are the inclement weather conditions which distinguish this area.

Torre Central del Paine seen from the Mirador
Torre Central del Paine seen from the Mirador - Photo Cingolo

As told the West face does not allow to be observed so easily as the East face !  It's a less known but stunning wall,  cut by two obvious cracks-systems. 

West walls in Torres del Paine, South Patagonia, Chile
West walls of Torres del Paine - Ph. australopitecus

In 1992 an italian team climbed in first ascent the right cracks-system, opening a new route named Via delle Mamme, a challenging direct line on good rock, following mainly steep and often overhanging cracks.

Carrying the gear in Rio Ascensio Valley
Carrying the gear in Rio Ascensio Valley
Climbing the fixed ropes
On the fixed ropes during Via delle Mamme first ascent

Getting There

Road approach

Torres del Paine are located in the Southern Chilean Patagonia (Chile’s Magallanes Region, Ultima Esperanza Province, Torres del Paine Community), between the Cordillera de Los Andes and the Patagonian steppes. The approach to the area is from Punta Arenas, the capital of Chile’s Region XII, a more than 100,000 inhabitants’s town, with an active airport (2,500 Km South of Santiago). A 200 Km paved road (Ruta CH-9) connects Punta Arenas with Puerto Natales, the last small town on the way to Paine Region. From Puerto Natales (about 20,000 inhabitants, hotels) drive along a 120 Km unsurfaced road, leading to Laguna Amarga Keeper Post (Park Gate).
From here a narrow 7 Km. long car road (private, tourist-cars are not allowed) leads to the Estancia Paine (Lodge), from where it starts the approach-trail to the Chilean Camp; follow the trail to Torres Base Camp, lying at the foot of Torres del Paine East faces (about 3-4 hours by walking).
An impressive view point - the famous “Mirador” - is easily reached following a short trail from Torres Base Camp.

Torres del Paine from Torres...
Torres del Paine from the Mirador
Approaching Torres del Paine
Like gigantic arrows...
Cuernos del Paine from Lake Pehoe
Cuernos del Paine from Lake Pehoe



Back from Torre Central del Paine, 1992

The team on the Mirador after the first ascent

The first ascent of "Via delle Mamme" was realized in 1992, November 15th-16th by the team of "Torres del Paine '92" Italian Expedition composed by Carlo Barbolini C.A.A.I. - Bruno De Donà A.G.A.I. - Angelo Pozzi - Alberto Rampini C.A.A.I.- Mario Vighetti

Walking approach

Walking approach

From Laguna Amarga follow the track to Estancia Paine and then the trail to the Torres del Paine Base Camp (650 mt.), situated inside the beechs wood below Torres del Paine majestic East Faces. Continue up the Rio Ascensio Valley and then follow on the left the Ascensio Glacier's moraine.

Toward Torres del Paine Base Camp
Towards the Base Camp

Upper Valley of Rio Ascensio
Upper Valley of Rio Ascensio

Torre Central West Side
Torres del Paine from West

A long snow-gully leads to the base of Central Tower West Face, situated inside a mighty circle of peaks, closed by Fortaleza and Escudo. Here the expedition put the advanced camp.

Dawn on Graue Wand approach path
View on Fortaleza and Escudo rising along Rio Ascensio Valley

Placing the camp below Torre Central del Paine
Placing the camp below Torre Central West face

Route Description

***Via delle Mamme

Summit altitude: m. 2460
ED+, VII, A3 (UIAA Scale)
Climbing length: 800 m.
Exposure: West
First ascent: Carlo Barbolini - Bruno De Donà - Angelo Pozzi - Alberto Rampini - Mario Vighetti 15-16 november 1992.

Torre Central West Face Routes
West Face Routes: 1 Wild Wild West - 2 Rosso di sera - 3 Via delle Mamme - Ph. Alberto Rampini 1992
Torre Central Via delle Mamme
Torre Central W Face Via delle Mamme: approaching the big roofs zone - Ph. Alberto Rampini 1992

The impressive wall is cut by two very obvious cracks' systems, situated in the left-hand side of West Face: "Via delle Mamme" follows the right one, while along the left crack rises "Rosso di Sera". The route climbs a vertical cracks' system linked by two pendulums. All the belays are equipped with one peg and one bolt, while along the pitches there are a few pegs in place. Necessary some pegs and all size friends.

"Via delle Mamme" second ascent was made in 1996 by Scott Lazar, Mike Pennings and Cameron Tague (USA), mostly free climbing.
A complete free ascent is still waiting for a corageous party, and it seems possible.

Endless cracks on Via delle Mamme
Endless cracks on Via delle Mamme

An exciting moment on Torre Central del Paine (1992)
An exciting moment near the summit

Essential Gear

Rope 2 x 60, helmet, some pegs, all size friends, 15 quickdraws, ribbons.

Red Tape

Torre Central and the entire Cordillera del Paine is lying inside "Torres del Paine National Park", one of greatest park in the country, established in 1959 and declared an UNESCO WORLD BIOSPHERE RESERVE in 1978. Access in regulated and an entrance fee is due.



External Links

Some useful informations here:

Erratickrock Patagonia
Torres del Paine National Park
Chile Austral
Concierge Travel Guide

Guidebooks and maps


Torres del Paine map


"Patagonia Terra Magica per alpinisti e viaggiatori" Gino Buscaini and Silvia Metzeltin, Dall'Oglio Ed.


Patagonia Guidebook


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