This Newsflash is an update to Kennedy Kruk Climb “Fair Means” Compressor – Chop Bolts, posted on January 23, 2012.
Alpinist has received confirmation that Hayden Kennedy and Jason Kruk did indeed chop over a hundred bolts off of the Compressor Route, which they voluntarily surrendered to local police. Police detained the two climbers after “a group of forty people [who] went to lynch the Canadian climber Jason Kruk in the parlor of Miguel Burgos…” Kennedy and Kruk are currently in the mountains with friends. They will prepare a press report in the coming days.
In the meantime, planetmountain.com has reported that David Lama, a climber familiar with Cerro Torre controversies, has successfully free climbed the Compressor Route. Details about Lama’s ascent remain scarce though it is known that a film team climbed Cerro Torre via the Ragni Route prior to Lama’s free climb.