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Oct 27, 2008 - el chalten

el chalten ein malerischer ort in einem flusstal am fusse des beruehmten mt. fitz roy. es war windig also wirklich windig ...karin wird von einer windboehe erfasst und kommt erst 20 meter weiter am boden an;-).......sie sollte mehr stakes essen. na so schlimm wars nicht aber fast.

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Jul 19, 2008 - Argentina, El Chalten

On Saturday before sunrise we headed a further 4 hours up the Andes into another area of the Glacier region known as El Chalten. A tiny little town known for its rock climbing and trekking. Arriving in the middle of winter we hadn´t realised that the town closes down for the month of July but we found the only hostel open, dumped our bags and set off on a trek to see the famous Fitzroy mountain. It was a beautiful day but quite cold as we headed up the mountain. We were told by the owner of the hostel that we probably wouldn´t make it to...

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Mar 28, 2008 - El Calafate to El Chalten

More trekking, but this time thankfully for only 2 nights. El Chalten is in the middle of a national park so the trails around the Cerro Fitz Roy lead straight out of town, so that's where we went. Enthusiastic after after our impressive trek around Torres del Paine (all 84km of it - had we mentioned that!) we set off with a spring in our step, closely followed by cramps in our calves, aches in our arms and bruises on our backs... due to the fact that it was of course uphill all the way to the first campsite. But lucky for us it was only 2...

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Mar 13, 2008 - El Chalten/El Calafate

After Torres del Paine a couple of coach journeys took us to El Calafate, a small village which exists solely for the processing of thousands of tourists who come to see the Perito Moreno glacier, which was one of the few advancing glaciers in the world. It is no longer advancing which is really worrying the argentinians as you might expect, as this region was the only region in the world not experiencing retreating glaciers. The glacier make impresive noises and drop huge chunks of ice into Lago Argentina. it was worth the mingling with...

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Mar 11, 2008 - My friends Fitzie, Torre, and Camille!

In the morning we headed to El Chaltén, the entrance of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares(North) to see Fitzroy and Cerro Torre. OK, so nothing in the outdoors will probably ever compare to Torres for me, but we thought we'd give it a shot and head into the park to view two very popular mountains within the Andes Range after hearing the Germans experiences there.This park is easily accessed, putting Cerro Fitzroy at 3405 m (named after the captain/navigator of the H.M.S. Beagle and Darwin's companion on there voyage up the Santa Cruz river in...

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Feb 26, 2008 - El Chalten, Argentina

Awoke to a gorgoeus morning here in El Chalten and started a long hike in Glacier National Park. The 16-mile hike actually took us over 10 hours to finish, but the views of Mt Fitz Roy were worth the sore muscles and exhaustion. Mt Fitz Roy are a series of granite peaks that tower over the lanscape and are covered in snow and ice and water pours down and creates rivers below in thae valley. The hike started in the green and lush valley and ended at a desolate lake just below the ice fields of the mountain. Just beautiful. El Chalten is an...

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Feb 4, 2008 - Back in the saddle

I had nothing organised for today and as I had to catch a bus in the afternoon I decided to go horse riding in the morning. This time it was through a Patagonian Ranch and was a very different experience to the Easter Island one. After being picked up by a very hunky ranch hand (in a minibus with other people before you make any comments) and taken to a ranch literally in the middle of nowhere, we were given our horses. Mine was a giant by the name of Sophie (a piebald for anyone interested) and very docile. We trekked around the Steppe...

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Jan 25, 2008 - El Chaltén - Trekking Fitz Roy

Unsere nächste Station ist das Trekking-Zentrum Argentiniens, so stehts wenigstens am Eingang des Dorfes von El Chaltén. Das kleine Nest wurde erst 1985 gegründet und lebt ausschliesslich vom Tourismus. Vom ursprünglichen Pioniergeist der Bergsteiger, welche hier ihre Expeditionen zum Cerro Torre und Fitz Roy gestartet haben, ist nicht mehr viel zu spüren. Immerhin haben wir im Dorf den Schweizer Bergsteigerprofi Stephan Siegrist getroffen, welcher 1999 zusammen mit 3 weiteren Bergsteigern die erste Winterbegehung der Westwand des Cerro...

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Nov 25, 2007 - El Chalten: Camping adventures 2 - Back with in-tent (get it! Me so funny!)

Have tent, stove and pasta, will camp One of the places you'll hear mentioned over and over again as a must see in Argentina is El Chalten or rather the walks and mountains around the town of said name. The main highlight of the area is Mount Fitzroy, a huge granite tower standing at 3405metres tall. Like the Perito Moreno glacier El Chalten is also located in the Los Glaciares national park and is a very small town of houses, tourist accommodation and a handful of streets none of which are paved. But don't be taken in by El Chalten's small...

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EZ Duz it!

Nov 20, 2007 - Treking around El Chalten

With an 8 am bus to catch, and a 3 1/2 hour journey ahead of us we were heading out into the wilds, to a place where mobile phones, cashpoints, tarmac, and pavements do not exist; where the only Internet is dependent on a dodgy satellite connection and where the mythical Fitzroy Mountains are said to exist. Our destination was to be El Chalten. A small 'town' in the middle of nowhere. On our journey to get there we passed nothing but the odd emu like bird and and a few 4 wheel drives also on the road to nowhere. El Chalten has a population...

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Oct 10, 2007 - A catch-up entry

OK...let's start with the photo situation. Somebody suggested to us to get the photos burnt to a DVD so we can upload them to the blog from there. That was no problem...we located a Kodak photo centre and did just that. Great....we're pretty excited to share some pics with family and friends. However...every computer in this town is without a DVD drive. So here I am...with a DVD with 500 pics to choose from and no way of sharing. I swear...I will upload pictures, if it's the last thing I do. But for now, let's do a little catch up from the...

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May 21, 2007 - Moreno Glacier and Mount Fitzroy

After the trecking expedition, after a day of R&R, we got the bus to El Calafete. Slight hick-up on the bus trip where we came accross black ice, so we spent the next 1/2 hr sliding down the road using our shoes as ice skates!!!! Went to Moreno Glacier a few days ago, absolute massive glacier, 60m high and 5 km wide, then with the hire car we had, drove to El Chalten to go and see Mount Fitzroy. Then back to El Chalten last night, where Stacey and James (who i've been travelling with for about a month) broke the news that James proposed to...

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