Our First Sight of FitzRoy

Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
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Trip End Apr 15, 2010


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Flag of Argentina  , Patagonia,
Wednesday, March 17, 2010



I saw a beautiful sunrise with our 7 am departure.  We only had 1/2 hour to pack up the tent and get ready because I didn't question when Deb told me that we had an 8 am departure.  I heard Mick talking and asked when we leave and then found out there was only 30 minutes left.  Deb is surprisingly efficient and can be asleep one second and then up and get everything she needs to get done in time.  Amazing!
 
This morning. from here-San Julian- we began to head west on a rough dirt road.  Most of it was flat with dirt and scrubby shrubs with a few guanaco and sheep, then cattle and white-faced steer.

After 2 pm this afternoon, we had a glimpse of white peaks in the distance.  As
they grew larger, we started clamoring for a photo stop and finally got a few
near a glacial lake with an iceberg in it.  I guess this is pretty rare because
they melt fast.  We stopped for lunch along the side of the road with an
absolutely breathtaking views of the jagged peaks -- FitzRoy with its distinctive pyramidal shape.  As we were
ready to leave, we saw some condors circling...probably picking out one of us or
our lunch leavings....actually we don{t leave anything except the dirty dish
water...which by the way hasn't been warmed up so it has been painful to wash
dishes.  I used the pita bread to make my lunch sandwich to avoid having to wash
a plate.

We made it into El Chalten after 8 more km and then we settled into the hostel.  People went off doing their various chores. 
I haven't read any emails because internet has gone from one peso per hour to 3
for 15 minutes so I decided to write first.  I am in a very beautiful tourist
town next to a glacier that I will go ice walking on tomorrow as well as visit
the ice caves there.  

El Chalten is a touristy mountain town with carved wood on some of the rustic-looking buildings.  There are lots of shops catering to mountain climbs and sports.  Our hostel is quite nice but Mick put me with 5 guys.  It is OK but I wonder at the rationale.  I rented some sunglasses and gloves for the ice trek and repacked to be ready for tomorrow's departure.

We still had Andrew's cook group prepare dinner and it was a lovely meal in the hostel kitchen-dining room.  I tried some of Danny's Italian-Argentinian medicinal liquor.
It was interesting....It got to be eleven by the time dinner was done...ready for bed.

 

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