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ice fields

It’s not often that you find yourself somewhere that you never really imagined could exist.

I set off from El Chalten on a four day walk with Mike and Karen, a Canadian couple I met in Villa O'Higgens.

We walk away from Mount Fitzroy and its companions, shrouded in cloud.

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This is the world as I know it.

The transition...

...is gradual...

... but the terrain soon starts to change...

... and by day two we are walking on ice.

This is a glacier, right up close and personal.

They are big.

Really big.

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But it is only once we cross the Paso del Viento that I catch a glimpse of the other world - the one that I had never really imagined existed. This is the edge of the Great Southern Ice Field.

The trail skirts along the ice...

... for kilometres...

... and kilometres.

There is no way, at all,...

... that it will all fit inside my camera. The wind is howling off the glacier and there is nothing at all soft or hospitable here...

... but, then a gap, another pass, leading back to the sunshine world.

The way is not easy though and the trail is elusive. It's a very steep rough descent through the autumnal trees on an uncertain path.

Yellow...

... and red.

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The toe of the glacier fronts Lago Viedma.

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{ 3 } Comments

  1. Neil | March 23, 2014 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    That trek’s been on my list for ages! Looks beautiful!

  2. anna | March 23, 2014 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    It was super amazing! I want to do more longer walks around there. You and Harriet fancy joining me some time?

  3. Cameron | April 1, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely stunning!!!

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