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It was freezing around Pequeño Alpamayo base camp.

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EricChuThis is extraordinary!!

EricChu

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I don't think I've ever seen something like that!!
Posted Mar 3, 2011 1:35 pm

rggRe: This is extraordinary!!

rgg

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I've seen something like this before, but not often, and then it was caused by freezing rain.

In this case, the explanation must be something else, for as far as I can remember, it didn't rain at all the days I was climbing Pequeño Alpamayo.

In fact, I can only recall one short spell of light rain in the whole five weeks that I was in Bolivia. Sure, it's a bit colder in winter, but still, excellent climbing conditions!

Basically, winter on the altiplano is dry. Very, very dry. A whole lot different from what's happened in La Paz a few days ago :-(. Completely foreseeable, but sad nonetheless.
Posted Mar 3, 2011 1:50 pm

nartrebRe: This is extraordinary!!

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This can happen when rime or hoarfrost partially melts in the sun, then refreezes overnight. The tiny white frost crystals merge into a single glassy matrix while keeping most of their shape.

Guess the wind direction when these ones were originally deposited:
refrozen ice

Sometimes the process repeats: rime on ice
Posted Mar 3, 2011 3:24 pm

EricChuRe: This is extraordinary!!

EricChu

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Sure, but I wonder how many times it turns out to be something so regular and so exquisitely beautiful...like a Swarovsky creation...
Posted Mar 3, 2011 5:55 pm

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