El Mocho. 1953 m.
Cerro Torre’s Sancho Panza, thick and wide as Don Quixote’s squire. The steep and smooth south face is reminiscent of Half Dome. Its easy approach, its low elevation, its incredibly featured good rock and its protected walls provide some of the best free climbing terrain in the whole range. In the past few years it has become a very popular destination. Back in 1952, in an early visit to the range, Argentine Folco Doro Altan christened it Mesa de los Gigantes (table of giants), a fairy tale name that unfortunately got written over by later arrivals. Mocho in Argentine slang means without a top, an accurate description of its appearance.
Jim Bridwell and Robert Staszewski did the first ascent in 1978 via the east buttress.
Photos (click to enlarge)
El Mocho - east face
El Mocho - north face