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Feb 18, 2012 - El Chalten-pics of 24 kilometer hike to Cerro Torre

Hi Everyone, All is well with us. We are in El Chalten, Argentina. Yesterday we went to Perito Moreno Glacier. The day was beautiful-warm and sunny with no wind, which is almost unheard of down here in Patagonia. We spent hours watching and listening to the enormous glacier calving pieces of itself into the lake below. The sound was, at times, thunderous and the glacier itself was beautiful. Now, what everyone really wants to know. How are we really doing? This type of traveling is hard. In between seeing the sights, we are constantly...

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Nov 4, 2011 - Hola de El Chalten

Hola!! As I had written in my previous blog I have summated my first mountain! Yahoo. We hiked up Cerro Bela Vista which has an elevation of 1762 metres. While this is no Everest, in my books it is - first it was my first mountain summit and second I’m not so good with heights. Fecundo - our guide from Cerro Lopez - was our leader again for this hike. It was much more challenging with a continuous elevation gain for the 3 hours it took us to reach the principle summit. That included tough scrambling over fallen trees, heavy loose sand,...

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Jan 14, 2011 - El Chalten

Well we completed our long 19 hour bus journey to El Calafate, complete with a ferry crossing of the Magellan Strait, miles of dirt ´highway´, and four border station checkpoints. Two each for Argentina and Chile; one Argentinian which took more than an hour. Spent three days here basically relaxing and preparing for, well actually first identifying, the next destination. That we decided would be El Chalten. On deciding factor was that the borders in the south between Argentina & Chile were closed due to a strike in Chile protesting high...

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Dec 16, 2010 - El Chalten

We had reserved bus (to El Chalten) and ON and brkfst thru owner of Hospedaje Parrillo before lvg on our little 2 day side trip so all was set this am. Good brkfst of banana, juice, cereal, yogurt, tea/coffee, bread/butter/jam-apricot! Our roommate (4 of us in room) was an Israeli gal, 35, who quit her job and searching for new direction in her life. New to travel ie. had way too much stuff and knew it but still hard for her to eliminate much of the huge bulk she was dragging along incl expensive sleep bag, clothes,etc. Not a trekker and...

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May 22, 2010 - L'adieu aux Andes

Trois heures au nord de El Calafate se trouve El Chaltén. Sur les conseils de Marc (un ami d'Ariane amoureux de la Patagonie), on arrive dans ce petit village de 500 habitants, en pleine expansion touristique. Juste avant la gare routière, le bus nous arrête au centre d'interprétation. Il est géré par l'administration du Parc National des Glaciers, dans lequel nous sommes toujours. Ça fait plaisir de voir un Parc National aussi bien géré, on nous conseille des balades et on nous prévient du danger des chemins gelés ou sous la neige, et on...

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Apr 15, 2010 - Walk like an Argentinean

Today I had an early bus to catch to the very frontier like town of El chalten. The town only really exists because of the nearby mountain of Fitzroy, which is apparently one of the worlds most difficult climbs. For the rest of us there are plenty of treks to do in the area. The bus left at a respectable 8am, but in this part of the world it is still dark at 8am! The road from El Calafate to El Chalten used to be 220kms of dirt hell, but its been sealed due to the tourist influx to this part of the world. As a result the trip was only going...

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Mar 29, 2010 - Ice World

We stayed in the town of El Chalten. This has been described in guidebooks as like Keswick in the Lake District. This statement is doing Keswick quite a disservice. It is an overpriced (UK prices!) tack fest of crappy restaurants and outdoor clothes shops with huge price tags. I suppose the similarities are vaguely coherent, but we were thoroughly unimpressed with the place, staying their only long enough to complete our mission. This was twofold. The first phase was a journey to the Viedma glacier, of which this was the best staging point...

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Feb 13, 2010 - Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

Today’s trek was up Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, a small summit at 1500m with magnificent views of the Cerro Torre and Mt Fitzroy. The ascent was through a forest of native beechwoods called Lenga. The weather slowly deteriorated to the point of light snow and strong winds so we stopped at the edge of the forest and ate our lunch and waited for the weather to improve. A group coming down had seen nothing! The wait was worth it! The skies cleared and the view from the top was brilliant. The walk was reasonably easy until the last kilometre....

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Feb 12, 2010 - Mt Fitzroy

Set off at 8:30 with a packed lunch to walk up to base camp. We had a great local guide, Santiago. The trek went from 400 metres to 1150 metres and covered 25 kilometres. Quite a day. Chili had a stressful experience....see the photos!

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Feb 11, 2010 - El Chalden

El Chalden at 400 metres is the mountaineering capitol of Argentina. The town itself has only existed for 40 years and has the feel of a frontier town. It is surrounded by the Los Glaciares National Park which is the third largest ice field on earth behind the Antarctic and Greenland. The town is walking distance to Mount Fitzroy, 3405 metres and the Cerro Torre, 3102 metres. We arrived in beautiful clear conditions to hear that the weather had been terrible with Cerro Torre only visible 3 days in January. We have been very lucky! The first...

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Feb 9, 2010 - Patagonian round-up

Fresh from the dizzy heights of torres del paine, waking up back in Puerto Natales left me with a bit of a sinking feeling. This was partly due to the fact that the mattress Jakana assigned me was so old and thin in the middle that it felt like I was slowly being digested by a giant doughnut! Mattress aside though, Puerto Natales was invariably cold and wet, which may be one of the reasons that we felt the town lacked charm and were somewhat confused when an English pub owner told us that he came for a day, fell in love with the place and...

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150DAYS

Dec 19, 2009 - El Chalten

16.12.2009-wetravelled by bus-on brand new highway, to El Chalten. Weather was quite average-overcast and windy( 60km/hr)-staying at the Hostel El Condor de los Andes. 17.12.2009-blue sky, no wind !!! so we go up to the Mirador de Cerro Torre. 18.12.2009-the wind is picking up, but still sunny- we go towards Mount Fitzroy, at the Mirador(lookout) the weather turn to the worst, so we go to Laguna Capri( 14km return). The walk back is through nice beech forest, quite sheltered, so little bit of rain is OK. 19.12.2009-moved to nice B&B...

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