Monte Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre & Argentine Patagonia!

Trip Start Jan 14, 2009
Trip End May 2010

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Exploring the Argentine Patagonian Andes near the mountain town has been a dream for us for such a long time.

Snapping a classic shot of a cloudless Monte Fitzroy is harder than you might expect!

When we arrived just at sunset into Chalten, we could see the silouttes of the magnificent peaks of Argentine Patagonia - Fitzroy, Cerro Torre and their sattelites!

The next day, we awoke to good weather, rare for these wild parts, so we packed our gear and headed out on a three to four day hike to explore the area, hoping that we might get at least a few days of good weather.

On day one, we hiked to Campamiento Poincenot and then up to the famous Lago de los Tres, which scores amazing views of the eastern faces of the Fitzroy group.

Our first view of Fitzroy - we're stoked!

Ben hauled a bag of my favourite mountain treat: Trader Joe's Chile-Spiced Mango. I was thrilled by this great surprise!!

After arriving at Lago de los Tres, we decided that we'd just wait for everyone to head back to their hostels and such, and we'd poach a campsite next to the lake in hopes of catching one of the rare, but famous firey red sunrises!

Setting up camp illegally at Lago De Los Tres for oursunrise shots of Fitzroy

We scored an amazing sunset, sunrise and a memorable starry, windless night. Neither Lindsey nor I will ever forget this amazing night!

Sunrise on the Fitzroy group from our awesome campsite!

The next day, the weather continued to look pleasant so we continued to Piedra del Fraile, where we set up camp. Lindsey's knee was bugging her, so she took the afternoon off while Ben burned up to Paso del Cuadrado which, weather permitting, gives a unique view from the north into the heart of the these mountain ranges and over the southern Patagonian icecap!

Piedras Blancas Glacier
We passed the Piedras Blancas Glacier on our second day's hike

The view from Paso del Cuadrado: Cerro Torre rises in the distance above the North Fitzroy glacier

Guillemert, Mermoz and Fitzroy from Paso del Cuadrado
A shot of the northern Fitzroy peaks (Guillemert, Mermoz and Fitzroy) from the pass

Weather began to deteriorate, so we headed back to town to rock climb and eat at the many wonderful restaurants and pubs in El Chalten! We also scored a great campsite at the free campground, Confluencia, where we met many wonderful folks from around the world!

After a morning of cragging in town, we decided to test out Lindsey's knee in the afternoon with a hike to Laguna Torre, where, on a clear day, you get super close to Cerro Torre, the most technically difficult peak in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. The only clouds in the sky were hiding Cerro Torre from view.

Ben chowing some mad spaghetti at camp (the free camp). The hillside in the background is on fire! We met tons of cool Canadians (of course), Americans, Italians, Dutch, Kiwis and Swiss in camp and around town.

On our final day in El Chalten, we crossed the river via tyrolian traverse and climbed a 170m climb up some great granite, with ever better views into the mountains as you ascend the climb! We'll get these photos on the site soon too!

Lindsey on her first tyrolian traverse with a bus load of tourists in the background watching it all go down

Lindsey and I both left El Chalten knowing that we'll be returning again! We learned a ton about the area, the conditions, and the mountains we hope to someday return to for summits!
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