Cerro Torre, Patagonia, Argentina

Cerro Torre, Patagonia, Argentina

  

It was still dark outside but wasn’t too hard waking up despite being 5am. The stoke was high that day. There were exciting plans ahead! Come on! We were going to hike on top of a glacier and climb ice walls.
But first, a long trek of several hours to get there. Walking through the narrow mountain paths the view couldn’t get more impressive. Each view, each mountain, each landscape was of a crazier look as we got closer and closer to the end. We zip lined to cross a river, walked past bridges, crossed several miles of mountain paths and finally there we were, in front of that massive mass of ice. Crazy shapes, walls of white rock solid ice, pitch dark holes where you couldn’t even see the end, and some places where the ice was so pure that it looked of a vivid and intense blue colour. If that wasn’t enough to top out this already incredible view there it was: Cerro Torre emerging from the ice in a huge spire. Cerro Torre is one of the most impressive looking mountains in the world. It´s a column, spire, needle of more than 1000 meters that elevates in complete vertical! Climbing it, is a huge quest of several days, sleeping on the wall in between, that not many people have achieved. To have some scale: a human on top of the tip of snow that you see in this photo will look like a minuscule dot, that you couldn’t barely see if its not with binoculars.
After seeing this mammoth mountain from the glacier we strapped on our crampons and went on a hike on top of the glacier. Then we did some ice climbing on some of the ice walls! Good and intense day. And after almost 14 hours of trekking we arrived back to the village of El Chalten, Argentina.

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