Day 276 – Parque Nacional Los Glaciares – Day 2 of 4 (Part 1)

I woke up early and headed to Francisco’s tent to wake him. Yesterday we had agreed to hike up to Fitz Roy to see the sunrise together. We left camp via headlamp and made our way up. It was pretty chilly at this early hour. The first picture below is before the sun hit the range. The colors are muted this early on. By the look of things, it didn’t seem like the sun would be lighting up Fitz Roy like a Christmas tree today. The clouds were behind us obstructing the sun’s rays and keeping us cold. At least the mountain range itself was visible. That was a treat that not all visitors get. Despite the cold we hung out up top for quite some time snapping photos as the light changed. (sorry for the absurd number of repetitive shots, I just couldn’t choose) A little later there was…

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Day 276 – Parque Nacional Los Glaciares – Day 2 of 4 (Part 2)

After awaking from my slumber, I headed towards piedras blancas. Here there was another lake and glacier. The trail follows a river that is partially fed by the piedras blancas glacier. On the way there you could see Fitz Roy engulfed in the clouds. The hike is relatively simple until you get to a boulder field. It’s not super challenging or anything like that but those not used to a little scrambling could be thrown off. Me, I was in my element enjoying a little bouldering while on my hike up. It made my climber soul happy. Once up top this is the sick view that presented itself. To the left and right of the lake there are scree fields. I had been on top of one side the last time I was here but not the side I was currently on. So I decided this would be a good…

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Day 277 – Parque Nacional Los Glaciares – Day 3 of 4

Today I decided that I would sleep in and not get up for the sunrise. I packed up camp and headed to my next campsite, camp Agostini. As I walked down the trail I would turn around from time to time to look at cerro Fitz Roy. It’s such a beautiful site that you want every possible moment to soak up the memory A little down the trail you get views of the smaller ranges in the area as well as laguna madre e hija. Soon enough I had my first view of cerro torre. As you can see it was a very clear day. On the approach up to the Agostini campsite I was told there there were a pair of Huemul’s further up the trail. If I could hurry up there, I would probably still see them. Now to those that are used to dear, this may not…

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Day 278 – Parque Nacional Los Glaciares – Day 4 of 4

Today I walked out of the magical Parque Nacional los Glaciares and back to Chalten proper. Before then I wanted to get another look at cerro torre and the lake. It was another clear day and I wanted to take advantage of that. I was glad I returned. Not only did I get clearer views than yesterday but I also got to see the spectacle duck. A completely new sighting for me. Instead of heading back down how I had planned, I decided to go to mirador maestri. It is along the right hand side of Laguna Torre. The views change somewhat and I was also able to get a more detailed look at the glacier. At the mirador I saw one of my favorite things of Patagonia, the multiple tones of water that live right next to each other.   After the mirador I headed back to camp to…

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Day 279 – Climbing in Chalten

I almost left Chalten today just because the wifi was so horrible. I needed to make a bank transfer to cover some bills. Fortunately after struggling for 25 minutes I was able to make that transfer. Then there was the whole find a climbing partner thing. I had been asking around but it seemed like there was not a person just wanting to climb something simple. Everything seemed expedition scale and planned out. Climbing teams were set and there was no room for me. 🙁 Eventually I just started asking random people in the kitchen until I found Kevin, a guy from Colorado that had equipment and was looking to do some climbing. I borrowed a helmet from my roommate Leo and we headed off to a local crag after breakfast. He let me lead much of the way which was nice. They were all pretty straight forward sport routes.…

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