After an incredibly windy bus journey (at points we were amazed the bus driver could see anything as the sand was blowing so much)we arrived in an extremely windy town. Nick went out to find a hostel. Found one with a double bed and dumped our stuff. Found a great Panaderia (bakery) where we stuffed ourselves with cakes !
The next day we set out on a twelve hour trip up to the glacier at Cerro Torre (mountain). It took two hours of fast hiking to get to the base camp where we were fitted with crampons and harness. It then took another two hours of hard walking to get to the glacier. On the way we had to negotiate a river by sliding along a rope across the river attached by our harnesses.
We put on our crampons and trekked across the glacier, stopping to see crevaces. It was a good experience but the glacier was covered in stones in places. We stopped at an ice wall and were given ice axes. With our crampons and ice axes in hand we had to scale the ice wall and then absail back down. It was mucho fun !
Unfortunately we then had to walk all the way back down to El Chalten making up the twelve hour day. We were both knackered and Monica had lost all energy and could not move any further that day so we stayed in our room. The following day we were both stiff but we decided that as we were in EL Chalten we had to go and see the Fitz Roy mountain as the area is famous for this. We hired a tent and two sleeping bags, had a big feed and then headed off slowly to reach the campsite Poincenot near the base of the mountain. We set up camp, played cards in the tent and then tried to get some sleep in our tiny tent. Alot of time was spent repositioning during the night as Nick did not fit into the tent very well !
At 8.30am Nick set off for the top, a steep climb up for about an hour. Although it was slightly cloudy it was still impressive at the top with lakes and waterfalls. Monica´s legs were still recovering so she slept in at the campsite. When Nick returned we pàcked up the tent and headed back down the mountain continuously bumping into people we had met earlier in our trip.
We were very relieved to see the town and promised ourselves that we would pack down our trekking boots for a while !