El Chalten, Santa Cruz, Argentina - After summitting Volcanos Lonquimay, Llama, and Villarica, and trying to get Casa Blanca I crossed the boarder into Argentina and headed Southward on a road trip that would take me camping in the Cerro Castillo area for a few days only to be chased out by a storm (a storm I may add that blew my ski mates sleeping bags and thermarests away after thrashing our tents), on a road tour off the pass there from Coyaihque which brought the first and maybe the last face shots of this season, a wild ride in the rented Kangoo Peuguet around Lago General Carrera which included a boat trip to the Capital Marmol, an island of marble balancing on eroded stilts. This then was followed by a snow goose chase up (beatufiul although a goose chase none the less) into the Jeimeni National Reserve on the boarder near Chile Chico. Southwards again we hit, literally, route 40 for two days, a cracked windsheld, a bent door (from the wind) and wonky rim were all just part and parcel of this excursion. Now in Chalten it’s been a week of epic day trips to glaciers and mountains with a few day camping trip thrown in, the names roll through my mind, Loma del Diablo, Vespagniti, Madson, Punta Velluda. Add a bit of sport climbing and top roping on routes like Comida Mexicana and Se que No and that brings us to a cross roads, to the south more, Usuiaha? or north to San Lorenzo and Cochran or both…only time will tell. One way or another it’s been an epic trip already. Oh I forgot to mention, gas shortages, black market gas shopping, armed gunman on wild patagonian passes and people falling in Bergshrunds, That about rounds it out.
Camilla shredding one of her first turns back in SA after a year hitatus on Volcan Villarica.