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Patagonia-bound: Marc Toralles and TwoNav

Marc Toralles lives for and from mountains. He is already a certified mountaineer, and is studying for the sport’s highest certification, determined to become a genuine sherpa. However, if experience is worth more than a degree, as they say, his is worthy of a doctorate. His next adventure will be an ascent of the Cerro Torre, a famous peak in Patagonia. There is no guarantee that he will succeed, but TwoNav will do all it can to make sure that he does.

Marc Toralles was born 33 years ago in Sant Cugat del Valles. Neither his family nor his surroundings channelled him towards his career today, so he had to achieve total independence before discovering the grandeur of the world’s greatest peaks. That was 10 years ago, and on two wheels: he and his partner wanted to take a different kind of trip, so they decided to cross the Pyrenees on mountain bikes. His connection with those towering mountain peaks was magical, but the journey was really gruelling, perhaps excessive… More than a trip, what they had done was to take on an athletic challenge. Believing that the problem was the excessive slopes, they decided to strap the bags on his bike and explore natural areas that, although distant, were more accessible on two wheels. This idea took them to remote parts of Iceland, Mongolia and India, and a series of unique experiences, but it was their first one, closest to home and also a “failure,” which had left its mark on Marc. He had fallen under the spell of the Pyrenees’ pure peaks.

He just had to return to the mountain, to the top, but to do it right. Back then he was 25. He started out with a climbing course, then joined a club, and then, realizing that his ambition went beyond anything he could find, he recruited fellow mountaineers who wanted to join him in his growth as a climber. Always combining his training with rock climbing, he started out with snow routes and later with easy grades, of about 50° or 60°, before the grades began to increase, and he was soon climbing frozen waterfalls. When he had already cut his teeth and had experience, he brought it all together on rock climbing, snow and ice walls. And his enthusiasm only grew … the mistake on his first expedition was not the mountain, but not feeling it with his own hands and feet. He travelled the world again, but this time as a mountaineer.

Last year he traveled to the Alps with fellow enthusiast Bru Busom. There they came up with a bold idea: to travel to Patagonia, a Mecca in their sport, though with potentially daunting weather, to ascend a renowned peak: the Cero Torre, surrounded by icy terrain in the heart of Patagonia. The idea soon idea blossomed into a plan and the two, Marc Toralles and Bru Busom, leave on Friday November 20 for the Americas to undertake, with TwoNav’s support, a memorable feat.

They will be very well prepared, but the weather will have the last word. In the area one day it can be 0°C, with barely a breeze, and the next it can be -20, with winds howling up to 150 km/hour. The adventure will take about 4 to 5 days; they must to hike the 40 km between their base camp, located in El Chalten, beneath the Cero Torre, climb to the summit, and return to camp, but they expect to spend between four to six weeks there, as they must wait for the forecasts to indicate a window of good weather. Even so, a prediction is only just that, and in the event of an unforeseen blizzard their two TwoNav devices will be indispensable. Marc has traveled to remote areas where maps are hard to get or not very helpful. Fissures appear randomly in the Patagonian ice, and can oblige climbers to make huge detours, so he is used to charting his own route on orthophotos. He wouldn´t dare undertaking the climb without his Twonav because, if extreme weather hit, they may have to abort their mission and retrace their steps, and in a blizzard visibility can be reduced to almost 0. In such a scenario their lives may depend on their ability to go back the way they came, and fast. He plans to make the approach with the help of the Anima, and the climb using the Ultra, because it will be much more comfortable wearing the device on his wrist when he reaches this phase. Obviously, they will bring spare batteries and a small portable charger.

Thus, this great challenge for Marc also represents one for us. We will continue to follow him closely and, whenever the Wi-Fi permits, to convey to him all our support. And, of course, we will cover this great adventure on our social networks. We’re with you all the way, Marc!

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