On the way from El-Calafate to El-Chalten, Its not surprising to see Israel on the distance post as there are so many Israeli backpackers in south america, but it was a pleasant surprise to finally find someone (brave enough) who stated Israel's real capital - Jerusalem, and not Tel Aviv.
Viedma Glacier from afar, this glacier is 2km wide
Fitzroy national park from afar (Fitzroy itself cant be seen, covered by clouds), the weather wasn't looking that good
The floodplain of Rio de Las Vueltas, where El-Chalten sits (right) and where you enter it from, this photo was taken just in to the Fitzroy hike
The same valley that El-Chalten sits in and looking forward
Fitzroy mountain, still cloudy but at least we can see Fitzroy (which wasn't the case earlier)
Fitzroy to the left and a small (compared with the other glaciers we've seen so far) to the right (Glaciar Piedras Blancas)
The clouds around Fitzroy mountain now clearing up, just like the ranger said
The closest we could get to the top of Fitzroy (which can only be reached by Climbing), we got to view point at around 1200 meters and which is also a view point to a small lake/pond there... it was frozen.
The only way to catch the sun... shame I didnt have an ND filter (which are like sun glasses for the camera)
Fitzroy, fancy a climb?
1200 meters later
1200 meters later, the next day we would walk the shores of the lakes on the right
Fitzroy leaves 2 shades of shadow (that look like "horns"), it took us an hour to make the ascent from the valley below to the view point (an ascent of about 400 meters)
A snow covered mountain, highlighted by the last sun rays of the day
Zoom in on - A snow covered mountain, highlighted by the last sun rays of the day, 3 words came to mind: "Welcome to Switzerland"
See the ridge just below Fitzroy (in dark brown), thats the view point to Fitzroy and we had just hiked up there... in an hour and then came back down (another hour)
I was shooting in the dark and I took a guess/gamble that the Sparrow was still standing on the branch (as it kept on moving between branch's). Back home, when I was going over the photos, at first I didnt see it, but then I noticed something in the dark so I added some light... which is when I saw I actually got the Sparrow, so then I cropped the photo. The photo isnt that clear and there is a lack of focus, but to be honest - I really like the outcome and the photo itself is still an achievement (albiet thanks to technology and luck)
Good Morning! Fitzroy is red from baking in Sun rays (these are literaly the first sun rays of the day to hit Fitzroy)
So we just spent yet another hour climbing up to the view point yet again in order to enjoy it under the sun, we left our tent at around 5am, so its pretty early in the morning. People working in London are just enjoying their morning tea or coffee, I'm doing likewise only 3 hours behind and a different work place
I couldn't help it :)
Our climb to the viewpoint was only spoilt by one thing, once there we realized a couple of french skiiers climbed and stayed there overnight (they had a tent and something that looked like a square igloo) and they were skiing there (see the trails on the lake and even on the right there's a little path). It spoilt the perfect snow setting... but then as they have to pay the national park in order to ski there (and as entry to hike in the national park is free, unlike in others) then i suppose its just something to put up with.
Something sticking out of the snow that covers Fitzroy
Having a rest, catching some sun, the silent pond and the comfortable and warm little pebble's were just what the doctor ordered
A hollow tree trunk
Cerro Torre, the rock tower on the right reachs 3200 meters and overlooks a small lake which feeds from a small glacier
Hiking to Cerro Torre, we passed near wetlands
Hiking to Cerro Torre, we also passed near this very strange dead tree's forest
Lago Torre, Glacier Torre and Cerro Torre overlooking
Back in El-Chalten, after almost 2 clear sky days, clouds begin to re-form
More clouds, i really liked this mountain inthe distance, its goes up and then up again on its left side and curves to the right
Day 1 of Route 40 - Armadillo
Day 1 of Route 40 - unpaved road
Day 1 of Route 40 - A pet sheep!
Day 1 of Route 40 - I liked this strange looking fence, the skull and plain behing it (and the clouds are also looking good)
Day 1 of Route 40
Day 1 of Route 40, what a skull!
Day 1 of Route 40 - A shabby house (to say the least), home to a small family and a small closet sized store with expensive prices (as you would expect in the middle of nowhere), the looks of the place and the fact that there was nothing there other then the expensive closet-store, a pet sheep, and a stinking public toilet, left me thinking that the arrow under the word for toilet "Bano" could be pointing anywhere really.
Day 1 of Route 40 - a road in the middle of no where, and yet so many sign posts!
Day 1 of Route 40 - Patagonian clouds on display at sunset
The end of Day 1 on Route 40 - This poor dog wanted to enter this small cafeteria/bar... if he would understand english, I would tell him not to bother, the food was awful
Day 2 of Route 40 - Colourful buildings in a small town in the middle of nowhere