The Cuenca mountaineer Pedro Cifuentes will capture in a documentary film his third attempt to cross the Fitz Roy crossing alone, in Argentine Patagonia, a feat that will take him around 4 months, starting in November, of which 40 days will be hung on the vertical walls of the massif.
Speaking to Europa Press, Cifuentes recalled that Space Jam: A New Legacy so far this feat has not been carried out, and this will be his third attempt after having to leave the expedition the two previous times due to weather problems the first time and due to a serious accident the second.
“I face it with a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of affection, and I hope everything goes well and I can complete this feat,” said the mountaineer, who has already started filming the documentary these days.
This film, whose trailer was already presented at the San Sebastián festival “with a fairly good acceptance”, is already filming the first part in Cuenca, the climber’s hometown, and for this the team has two cameras, a drone, a sound engineer and the director.
The second part of this documentary will be recorded in Fitz Roy himself, in an expedition that will start next November and that will make Cifuentes spend around 4 months in the country. Of all that time, 40 days will be those that are hanging from the rocky walls of the massif to be able to complete the feat.
“It’s the same as the expedition I made to Torres del Paine, which no one had done alone so far, I was lucky and I hung on the wall for 30 days and in the end I was able to do it in 2014,” he explained.
As a whole, the documentary film will show Cifuentes in his day-to-day life, what specific training he takes and climbing the rocky walls that most resemble the expedition he will carry out to Fitz Roy.
In this way, these days the mountaineer can be seen climbing the cracks in the rock in different sectors of Cuenca such as El Fortín or El Juego de Bolos, among other locations. “The climbing technique of the fissure is the same, although the materials are different, since in Cuenca we have limestone and in Patagonia it is granite,” he assured.
Once the filming of the documentary is completed, it is planned to present it at all the international mountain film festivals worldwide. “We are going to present it in Bilbao, in Banff (Canada), and it will also be distributed throughout North America and Latin America.” Later, they have in mind to present it to other festivals, but they still do not know that at the moment.
In this trailer, different mountaineers appear such as Brette Harrintong, the Pou brothers or the Chatén rescue chief, Carolina Codo – the last town before reaching the Fitz Roy towers, who, for example, the latter, assures that Cifuentes «is so crazy”.
“It’s crazy, everyone has one, this is mine, and that’s how I have to face it,” said the mountaineer, who added that Harrintong appeared in this trailer, whom he described as “one of the best mountaineers in the world. world ”, or the Pou brothers,“ incredible friends and climbers in all terrains ”.
“The normal thing is to go climbing 2 or 3 people, and when someone does it alone, as is my way of climbing, it draws their attention a lot,” said Cifuentes.
Besides, the last phrase heard in the trailer for the documentary is Cifuentes himself saying that he is clear that death can happen and that he “has it totally assumed.” Asked about this phrase, the mountaineer has assured that “brave is not the one who is not afraid, but who has it, faces it, goes to him, and does it.”
“It is not that he is not afraid,” the climber has repeated, “if death comes, he has come.” “When we are born, the only sure thing is that we are really going to die, everything else may vary, but death is certain,” he said.
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL PART, THE «MOST DIFFICULT» TO FACE
Asked about the physical and psychological training he is carrying out, Cifuentes explained that, apart from the training of climbing, running or climbing the mountain with weight, «then there is the psychological part, which is a bit the most difficult of front facing”.
He recalled that he has already managed to carry out other expeditions such as the Torres del Paine in Chile or La Torre Sin Nombre in Pakistan, since he has accumulated 20 years of climbing behind his back, “so the psychological part has to be trained, but more or less he has already assumed that part ».
Besides, he has assured that the word “last” does not like him. Asked if this expedition could be the last one he faces, he has stressed that, for him, “this is not about making an expedition and retiring.” “I have been 20 years now, and this is my way of facing life, so I cannot conceive of another way of facing life other than mountaineering, climbing, and this is extremely important to me,” he stressed.