El Cruce Columbia was born in 2002 with the goal of uniting Argentina with Chile across the Andes for 3 days. It was the first competition of adventure that brought together more than 300 participants in order to reach another country, through mountains, sharing large camps. An adventure full of experience and competence, which measured teamwork of two adventurers. Immediately this challenge became the biggest adventure of the year, is the race that every adventure racer dreams of face.
Seguramente la edición más dura del Cruce en toda su historia. La semana previa interminables lluvias azotaron la región trasandina lo que preparó el terreno para una carrera plagada de duras alternativas. Fuerte tormenta, vientos huracanados, granizo sorprendieron a los corredores en la primer etapa en el Volcán Osorno. Las pésimas condiciones climáticas obligaron al cambio de los recorridos de las etapas 2 y 3. Un final al pie del Volcán Puyehue, en El Caulle puso fin a un Cruce 2014 durísimo para todos los participantes y también para la Organización
TEAM: Pablo Ureta y Daniel Simbrón (team Columbia-Dole)
SOLO: Marco de Gasperi y en Damas la española Emma Roca
En esta edición se incoporó por primera vez la Categoría Individuales. Pucón, la bella ciudad de montaña, al pie del majestuoso Volcán Villarica fue el centro de organización de la carrera. Fueron 3 duras etapas, en las cuales el clima acompañó con hermosos días soleados y temperaturas muy agradables. Los competidores disfrutaron de senderos de montaña característicos de la X Región de Chile. Sólo al final del recorrido del último día, el clima mostró sus garras, pero los competidores ya habían completado la mayor parte del recorrido que tuvo un increíble final al pie del Volcán Lanín.
SOLO: Max King y Oihana Kortazar TEAM: Pablo Ureta and Ezequiel Morales(Team Columbia-Dole)
El Cruce Columbia 2012, was a unique edition with extraordinary logistics. Fifteen hundred participants and 23 countries represented, coming from 5 continents, met with the aim of uniting symbolically Argentina to Chile through the Andes.
A barge crossing Lake Pirehueico coast lakes camps, and 460 people working in the organization were part of the competition. A new feature added a new category in the competition: CHAM Race.
The start from Puerto Fuy, was on Friday February 3, from 8:30 pm. At this stage, the competitors distance they traveled was 34.7 miles. This was the day of greatest slope as they climbed the volcano Mocho, reaching up to 2,133 meters of its volcanic cone.
The second day're off from the camp located on the banks of the river Fuy. This was a hard stage, long and quite accumulated level, with a total distance traveled of 40.3 kilometers and an arrival on the banks of Lake Pirehueico, mirror glacial water.
During the third and final day, the tour moved through the Hua Hum step towards San Martin de los Andes in Argentina.
Throughout the three stages, the Neuquén Gustavo Reyes and Nelson Ortega team Salomon Optitech led the competition, and the third stage was no exception, completing the 2012 circuit in a final time of 9 hours, 25 minutes and 22 seconds of competition, and confirmed as the three-time champions at El Cruce Columbia.
This edition celebrated its 10 years of existence, which makes it the pioneer and forerunner among adventure races worldwide. With four days of favorable weather conditions, the demanding 100km route had its beginning on the shores of Lake Ruca Choroi and ended in Chile, after crossing the Paso Icalma.
This was one of the most difficult editions, given the poor weather conditions prevailing.
More than 1,500 runners from 20 countries battled heavy rains and strong winds, surrounded by a spectacular and rugged Patagonian landscape, unique in the world. For three days, the competitors, in teams of two members, toured a circuit of nearly 100 kms., Linking Argentina and Chile through the passage El Manso.
Loaded with euphoria, adrenaline and passion, the first stage started from the 790 meters high from San Martin de los Andes, with a distance of 29 kms. which included significant slopes for mountain roads and rough trails, crossing a suspension bridge and the lake by boat and raft, plus the spectacular view of a beautiful waterfall of 50 meters. tall.
The second day started from Lago Escondido, with a rough route of 20 kms. under heavy rains and strong winds.
During the last stage, good weather reigned again. Runners, and cold spares, arrived in Chile, by the way El Manso. was the longest stretch of 33 kms. approx. without steep slopes but with small constant ups and downs, on mountain roads and trails to the greatest extent.
As in previous years, the duration of the adventure was three days and the tour was almost 100 kms. 1,100 runners participated in teams of 2 members who had to walk through the majestic Andes. The main goal was to unite symbolically adventurers Argentina with Chile. This time the challenge began in San Martin de los Andes and Chilean ended Tromen or Mamuil step Malal.
The 2008 edition long from the base of Catedral in Bariloche, to step Pérez Rosales. This was the 7th. edition of The Columbia Crossing. The legendary career that spanned the Andean geography and touched the 1000 participants. The quota was overwhelmed eight months before the start of a fervor that transcends borders, nature and camaraderie.
Once again the duo winner was Sebastian Tosti and Samuel Ayala.
In 2007, long since Trevelín to Futaleufu between the provinces of Chubut (Argentina) and the X Region (Chile).
A new border crossing, another province and surrounding areas, a unique tour with amazing camps this time went through a eternal snow glacier, the glacier Baguilt.
The Winners: Sebastián Tosti y Julián Peralta.
In 2006, he started from the Cerro Bayo in Villa La Angostura crossing Cardenal Samore pass. The number of participants was growing. El Cruce Columbia had an international level of competition, participating runners Argentina, Belgium, France, USA, Spain, England, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Paraguay, Colombia, Panama, and Canada.
The winners were Sebastián Tosti y Samuel Ayala.
In 2005 the event was in San Martin de los Andes, about 500 competitors were present at this edition, the passage chosen was the Hua-Hum. He started on Bonita Beach Villa Lolog to Puerto Pirihueico in Chile.
The winners were Julián Peralta y Ramiro Paris.
A year later, in 2004, unlike the first two editions, the start was in Chilean territory, in the city of Pucon, and crossing over the Tromen arrived on the shores of Lake Tromen, Neuquén Province. The first to cross the finish arches were Pablo Ureta and Cameron Widoff Team "Casa Irwo", from Cordoba and the United States respectively. This time Nadia Vottero and Ariel Garrigó chose to marry before the Father Matthew on Lake Tromen, after leaving third in the mixed category.
In 2003 he moved to the Province of Neuquén, with start from Villa Pehuenia arriving at Icalma (Chile) by Icalma step. In this opportunity the podium was for Team Toyota, Sergio Trecaman and Luis Austin from Esquel. The Cross featured a extra cheer thanks to the tucuman's couple, Maria Medina and Bernardo Breslaver, they chose to seal their wedding in the middle of the mountains.
In 2002 began in Penitentes, Mendoza and ended in Portillo, Chile crossing the Cristo Redentor. The winners of the first edition, general categories were the duo of Villa la Angostura composed by Fabio Torchia and Ruben Ocampo.