The Patagonian winds’ birthday present to me today? Blowing away the clouds and mist, ever-so-briefly, from the peak of Mt. Fitz Roy, allowing an unusually rare pleasure: a clear look at all of this imposing mountain’s 3,359-metre high majesty.
AKA Cerro Chaltén, the mountain sits on the border between Argentina and Chile in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and Los Glaciares National Park. It wasn’t climbed until 1952 and for mountaineers remains among the most technically challenging peaks on earth. I was content just admiring it from the edge of a forest after a ten-kilometer hike.
I even caught the cloudless peak on video, but that’s going to have to wait. Internet connections here in El Chalten are painfully slow and I can stare at a computer screen doing nothing for just so long. The only thing getting me through this three-photo upload –the two photos below were taken at different points in the hike– is some fine birthday company and a bottle of Altos Las Hormigas Malbec. Cheers!