Fitz Roy and friends
Trip Start Jun 14, 2005
48Trip End May 12, 2006
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The ice-polished tower of Cerro Fitz Roy (3,405 meters, 11,236 feet), easily the highest peak in the area and was named after the captain of Charles Darwin's Beagle and wasn't until a French expedition in 1952.
The spire of Cerro Torre (3,102 meters, 10,237), considered by many as the most technical mountain in its altitude class has a rather controversial story hiding behind its majestic peak. The story goes that in 1959 an Italian, Cesare Maestri, supposedly reached the summit with his partner, Toni Egger, however during an avalanche on the way down Egger was swept to his death with camera containing the proof
Well fortunately for me there was quite a developed trail system for hikers who want to just see them so I headed out for Laguna Torre, an easy 3 hour hike that brought me to the base camp for Cerro Torre. Unfortunately, it never cleared up, but I did make a sunrise hike up to a look-out and was rewarded with a rainbow over the Glacier Grande.
From there I hiked on over to the base camp for Fitz Roy and just after I arrived the clouds cleared up and I was rewarded with a beautiful view of the Northern part of the Fitz Roy range as well as Fitz Roy itself. The next morning I hiked up to the base lake of Fitz Roy, but it never cleared up in the three hours I waited up there. I must say although the whole park was rather incredible it was so windy the whole time that my clothes barely sufficed, so when I got back to my tent that third morning it sounded like the entire Argentinian Air Force was flying over the campsite. I decided once again to cut my hike short and hiked out that third day. That was a fortunate thing because the wind got so bad that last day that it knocked me off my feet a couple times hiking back down. Back in El Chalten that afternoon I caught a last-minute bus to El Calafate for its Perito Moreno Glacier. See you there...