El Hermano Slideshow

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El Hermano--the big brother of El Capitan in Yosemite
Slabby beginnings, just like on El Cap...
The team: Libby Sauter, Althea Rogers, and Niels Tietze.

Lurking in the remote northern reaches of the Chilean Andes is a behemoth of granite recently unknown to the climbing community. The late Michael Ybarra caught wind of this peak through Doug Tompkins, founder of The North Face and Esprit, and assembled a team to climb it. Ybarra tragically died before he could attempt the peak with his friends, of whom Libby Sauter went on to lead the expedition; this slideshow is about their first ascent of El Hermano--brother of El Capitan.

Event Details

This slideshow is Monday, May 19, 7 pm in Beckman Institute Auditorium, Caltech, Pasadena. It is free of cost and there will be a reception beforehand with free food, free beer, and of course a bunch of local climbers to chat with.


The location is Beckman Institute Auditorium on Caltech's campus in Pasadena. If you came to the Banff Film Festival 2013, Beckman Institute is just west of the giant circular "wedding cake" building past a long fountain. Otherwise check out the Caltech interactive campus map or the Google map at the end of this page. Parking after 5 PM is easy and free. We recommend that you park in "Structure 1" in the visitor parking guide or on any of the streets around Caltech. Parking near the intersection of Wilson and San Pasqual would be perfect, since this is the closest intersection to the venue.



Here are the latitude and longitude of the venue: 34.139379N 118.126507W. Here is a Google Map.