Monte Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre & Argentine Patagonia!

Trip Start Jan 14, 2009
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Trip End May 2010


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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Exploring the Argentine Patagonian Andes near the mountain town has been a dream for us for such a long time.

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Snapping a classic shot of a cloudless Monte Fitzroy is harder than you might expect!

When we arrived just at sunset into Chalten, we could see the silouttes of the magnificent peaks of Argentine Patagonia - Fitzroy, Cerro Torre and their sattelites!

The next day, we awoke to good weather, rare for these wild parts, so we packed our gear and headed out on a three to four day hike to explore the area, hoping that we might get at least a few days of good weather.

On day one, we hiked to Campamiento Poincenot and then up to the famous Lago de los Tres, which scores amazing views of the eastern faces of the Fitzroy group.

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Our first view of Fitzroy - we're stoked!

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Ben hauled a bag of my favourite mountain treat: Trader Joe's Chile-Spiced Mango. I was thrilled by this great surprise!!

After arriving at Lago de los Tres, we decided that we'd just wait for everyone to head back to their hostels and such, and we'd poach a campsite next to the lake in hopes of catching one of the rare, but famous firey red sunrises!

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Setting up camp illegally at Lago De Los Tres for oursunrise shots of Fitzroy

We scored an amazing sunset, sunrise and a memorable starry, windless night. Neither Lindsey nor I will ever forget this amazing night!

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Sunrise on the Fitzroy group from our awesome campsite!

The next day, the weather continued to look pleasant so we continued to Piedra del Fraile, where we set up camp. Lindsey's knee was bugging her, so she took the afternoon off while Ben burned up to Paso del Cuadrado which, weather permitting, gives a unique view from the north into the heart of the these mountain ranges and over the southern Patagonian icecap!

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We passed the Piedras Blancas Glacier on our second day's hike

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The view from Paso del Cuadrado: Cerro Torre rises in the distance above the North Fitzroy glacier

Guillemert, Mermoz and Fitzroy from Paso del Cuadrado
A shot of the northern Fitzroy peaks (Guillemert, Mermoz and Fitzroy) from the pass

Weather began to deteriorate, so we headed back to town to rock climb and eat at the many wonderful restaurants and pubs in El Chalten! We also scored a great campsite at the free campground, Confluencia, where we met many wonderful folks from around the world!

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After a morning of cragging in town, we decided to test out Lindsey's knee in the afternoon with a hike to Laguna Torre, where, on a clear day, you get super close to Cerro Torre, the most technically difficult peak in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. The only clouds in the sky were hiding Cerro Torre from view.

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Ben chowing some mad spaghetti at camp (the free camp). The hillside in the background is on fire! We met tons of cool Canadians (of course), Americans, Italians, Dutch, Kiwis and Swiss in camp and around town.

On our final day in El Chalten, we crossed the river via tyrolian traverse and climbed a 170m climb up some great granite, with ever better views into the mountains as you ascend the climb! We'll get these photos on the site soon too!

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Lindsey on her first tyrolian traverse with a bus load of tourists in the background watching it all go down

Lindsey and I both left El Chalten knowing that we'll be returning again! We learned a ton about the area, the conditions, and the mountains we hope to someday return to for summits!
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mdhopp
mdhopp on

Amazing!
Beautiful photos! I've been reading all your entries (if not commenting on them yet). Your trip has been an amazing read so far (I can only imagine what it is like to experience it - I'll skip on the food poisoning though). Way to go Ben on the Chili Spiced Mango! Must have hid it from Lindsey well =)
Take care - and keep on with the entries!

-M

donfrost
donfrost on

Our Memories of Argentina
Hi Ben and Lindsey, Your comments about the inflation in Argentina reminded me of our money stories when we lived there for 2 years. You'd think after 30 years they could solve that problem. When we travelled to Barriloche we literally had a suitcase full of pesos. Credit cards were rare in Buenos Aires and unknown in the country side. Once while having lunch with a friend she looked at the bill and commented our cost for lunch was what they had paid for their house a few years earlier. Any time a price was quoted, it was written down with the date beside it, and the purchase of something big took many friends to carry the cash. Our vacation in the north-west part of the country was during the time when Chili and Argentina were arguing about who owned the oil in Tierra del Fuego. Tension was high and no tourists other than the Frost family were travelling. At the cross roads we were stopped by armed guards and greeted by name. We were uncertain whether to feel secure or under survelience, but enjoyed having that wonderful part of the world to ourselves. Also, as you mentioned, the beef is terrific. Sunday Asados were all the cuts of beef,including testicles,udder,(they must have used a bull and a cow) blood sausage, French bread, cheese and butter and a very small green salad, So we flushed out our clogged arteries with copious amounts of good but very inexpensive red wine. Great memories! Our knowledge of Spanish has been useful on many occasions. Most recently, on our trip to Portugal in January. We'd send photos, but Don's camera was scoffed on our last day. Anyway keep the info flowing , we enjoy hearing from you. safe journies. Love Don and Dorothy

nconroy
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Wow.
That's all I have to say! Wow! Way to go! Looks awesome! More to come!

esaund46
esaund46 on

Liking your photos
What amaazing shots! You are seeing our planet that so few have ever seen or experienced. Thank you for your blogs.

Will email you of our mini trip to S. Arizona later. Had a great time.

As always, love the two of you.

vipergram
vipergram on

Travels
Hi Ben & Lindsay ... sure enjoying your blogs. Keep 'em coming. Just talked to Sally this a.m. and they are getting ready to leave. Have fun and keep the posts coming - it's as close as we'll get!! Take care. Judy&Bill

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