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Nov 23, 2019 - You snooze, you lose!

My weather app informed me that the skies would be clear and it wouldn’t be too cold (well too cold for here anyway) so I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to photograph the amazing mountains that surround El Chalten. I set the alarm for 5am, wanting to make sure I was in position and ready for when the sunlight hit those mountains. Even though official sunrise was 6:35am, it was still very light outside as I made my way to the trek up to Mirador de los Condores. The lookout is approximately 40 minutes from our hotel but the first 20...

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Nov 22, 2019 - Hiking again, minus two toenails!

After an in-depth study of the El Chalten hiking map, we decided to opt for a transfer to the start of one of the “easier” walks and make our way back to town. According to the map and the tour operator, this required a moderate level of fitness and should take approximately four hours. We opted for the 9:30am transfer and after an hour of bumping up the stone road (this is the major highway too, connecting Argentina to Chile) were ready to get started. Unlike the previous day, the sun was shining and there was a cooling wind – read head...

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Nov 21, 2019 - Welcome to Argentina

After 28 hours of travelling (Vienna/Frankfurt/Buenos Aires/el Calafate) we finally arrived at our destination in El Calafate. This is the starting point for our Patagonian adventure and the reason I have been carrying around all this photographic equipment with me! By the time we checked in to our hotel, it was around 4pm. Unlike where we had come from, the sun sets here at 10:30pm, not 4:30pm! All this daylight is doing my head in! Craig has been thrown with the time difference and jet lag, so he decided to take it easy in the room. I...

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Mar 12, 2017 - Worth it all

After the mud episode, we proceeded to Rio Gallegos on the Atlantic Coast. There is nothing worth a tourist's time there. The idea was to find an all pavement route to our true destination of El Chalten. We had a reasonably good stay in Rio Gallegos. We shared a room and bath with only three others including our group leader. More on him later. Six if us went to a local restaurant found via Google Maps, and all six of us had the "menu of the day," though the exact fat to lean ratio of the beef varied from plate to plate. A not bad drive on...

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Mar 10, 2017 - 10 March 2017 - El Chalten, Argentina

We left early from Rio Gallegos for the drive to El Chalten, passing through some very barren countryside on the way, and also some beautiful views. We were expecting a very long day but Rob our driver found a short cut (on the bitumen this time!) so we made good time. On the way we stopped at Hotel La Leona which is supposed to be the place where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid holed out for a while. We discovered it was 14,468km from Sydney! And finally we have reached El Chalten, only a couple of days late! We have two full days here...

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Feb 14, 2017 - Parc National des Glaciers partie Sud et Nord

Allo Familles zé Amis, Juste un petit mot sur votre hiver avec beaucoup de précipitation !!! Consolez vous un peu sa pourrait être pire ... comme ici en Patagonie... Il tombe tellement de précipitation dans le Parc Los Glacières partie Sud que sa donne des tonnes et des tonnes de neige et glace !!! Bien sûr, cela sur des milliers d'années, voir photos. Comme vous pouvez voir autour de moi, il fait très beau. Plus sec La Patagonie Argentine que Chilienne. Sauf en altitude, ce qui a formé le Parc en titre. Par contre, très très venteuse et...

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Jan 27, 2014 - Fitz Roy

Itinerario 27.1.2014 Destino = camping Poincenot HORA - LUGAR - TIEMPO - OBSERVACIONES 0700 - Calafate - Amaneciendo - Micro hacia Chalten 1030 - El Chaltén - Parc Nublado, llovizna - me informe y almorce al pie del sendero 1245 - El Chaltén - " - empece la caminata con la mochila llena 1400 - Lag. Capri - " - Merienda. Es un campamento, pero sigo. 1445 - Lag. Capri - " - Retomo la caminata 1535 - Poincenot - " + mucho viento - una hora armando la carpa, preocupado Luego me dormi la siesta, y hable con un chileno que al dia siguiente a las...

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In Patagonia 2014

Jan 5, 2014 - El Chalten 3-5 January 2014

3-5 January 2014 El Chalten El Calafate to El Chalten ~ 3 hours by bus Much of the trip passed by typical Patagonian steppe - dry and flat with the huge snow capped foreboding Andes in the background. Approaching the valley where El Chalten is located and we started to get views of the peaks of granite the park is renown for. The closer we got the better the views. Just before El Chalten we pulled up outside the Los Glaciares national park office. Everyone out and the rangers gave us some information about the park, it's ecosystems and ways...

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Mar 14, 2013 - A long way to the top (and even further back down again)

It's 7.30 and the lazy dogs of Patagonia are finally barking. It's our third day here in the town of El Chalten and the air is crisp and the sky is bright outside but we are cosy tucked up inside Cabanas La Loma where the proprietor, Esther, pumps up the heating each night to keep us tostada warm. Why she even has a radiator right next to the Banos if you need to go in the middle of the night. We made a 4am start up here from Buenos Aires but to our amazement found the domestic airport was a mere 5 minute journey from our accommodation,...

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Nov 15, 2012 - Mt Fitzroy Massif

14th: Tackled the 27Km walk to the base of Mt Fitzroy! The Cerro Torre walk! The Patagonian wind has returned but we set off to see if we can get to the base of Fitzroy as it is till dry and sunny. The clouds loitered around the peak then drift upwards tanatlisingly without clearting the peak. Then drifted upwards looking like the smoke giving the mountain it`s native name. We had a great local guide Gaston who knows the area extremely well. It is a base for serious trekkers and priofessional mountain climbers. Again there are camps around...

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Nov 13, 2012 - To El Chalten

More adventures on the way to El Chalten,still in Los Glaciares NP! For of the way we travel on Route 40, Argentina´s Route 66, popular of course especially with bikers. It runs from La Quiaca in the North to Ushuaia in the South. 3700 Km in a straight line but in reality more than 5000Km. On the way our guide introduces us to Mate, the tea drunk by all Argentinians and with great ritual. It is made from a species of holly and used to be drunk by the poor as it is also a hunger depressant. It is a very social drink and everyone shares the...

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May 5, 2012 - El Chaltén, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

Depuis el Calafate, nous sommes allés à el Chaltén, petit village situé dans le parc national los Glaciares et paradis du trekking en Argentine. Et oui, j'y prend goût, qui y aurait cru :-). Mais cette fois, étant donné que la météo annonçait du beau un jour sur deux et surtout que nous avons eu droit à une tempête à notre arrivée, nous avons préféré loger dans un hostel et faire des marches d'une journée plutôt que de partir avec notre tente. Les marches étaient moins pénibles qu'aux Torres del Paine, toutefois, la dernière montée pour...

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