Cerro Torre: Photos to make you sit up in awe

It’s two years since David Lama’s climb of Cerro Torre, but the shots will still leave you inspired.
By Tarquin Cooper

One of the most eagerly awaited climbing films is about to come out. Cerro Torre: A Snowball’s Chance in Hell tells the story of David Lama's three expeditions to the legendary Patagonian peak. The story ends with the first free ascent of the Compressor Route.

But to get to you inspired, we showcase some of the best shots from the expedition. Enjoy...

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The peak of dreams
Morning sun hitting the Cerro Torre
The peak of dreams The magnificent peak of Cerro Torre in Patagonia, Argentina, has attracted the world's top climbers for decades. © Corey Rich/Red Bull Content Pool
The walk in
David Lama and Peter Ortner hiking up to the Cerro Torre.
The walk in David Lama and Peter Ortner during the walk-in, El Chalten, Argentina. © Corey Rich/Red Bull Content Pool
The only way is up
David Lama attempting the first free ascent of the Cerro Torre.
The only way is up David Lama inches his way upwards on Cerro Torre's Compressor Route. © Corey Rich/Red Bull Content Pool
Who forgot the tent?
Wakeup view of David Lama and Peter Ortner.
Who forgot the tent? Aerial view of David Lama and Peter Ortner's bivvy during the first free ascent of Cerro Torre's Southeast ridge during their third and final expedition to the peak in January 2012. (The lack of a tent was deliberate.) © Corey Rich/Red Bull Content Pool
“A mountain desecrated.”
A relic compressor is still hanging on the headwall of Cerro Torre.
“A mountain desecrated.” The relic compressor of Maestri's controversial ascent in 1970 is still hanging on the headwall of Cerro Torre in Patagonia, Argentina. His use of the drilling machine was widely criticised at the time. © Lincoln Else/Red Bull Content Pool
David Lama — wonderkid climber
David Lama poses for a portrait.
David Lama — wonderkid climber David Lama poses for a portrait on December 1st 2013 © Manuel Ferrigato / Red Bull Content Pool
Room with a view
David Lama preparing his bivouac.
Room with a view Lama prepares a bivvy during his attempt to freeclimb the Compressor Route on Cerro Torre. Supper is a frieze-dried meal.
Watch me!
David Lama climbing up the Cerro Torre.
Watch me! David Lama heading up the final section of Cerro Torre. The exposure is immense. © Lincoln Else/Red Bull Content Pool
Glacial weather
David Lama and Peter Ortner hiking over the glacier.
Glacial weather Patagonia is famed for its fierce weather systems. Climbers only ever have the narrowest of windows to make an ascent. © Corey Rich/Red Bull Content Pool
Hang in there
David Lama hanging on the belay of the last pitch of Cerro Torre's Southeast ridge.
Hang in there David Lama hanging on the belay of the last pitch of the headwall of Cerro Torre, during the first free ascent of Cerro Torre's Southeast ridge on the third expedition. © Lincoln Else/Red Bull Content Pool
Light my fire
Light my fire David Lama and Peter Ortner enjoy a traditional Argentinian BBQ in El Chalten. © Corey Rich/Red Bull Content Pool
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