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Patagonia (Los Glaciares)

Postby Bill Kish » Mon Dec 28, 2009 6:31 am

My girlfriend and I are heading down to Patagonia in January; it will be our first time there and we intend to spend much of it in PN Los Glaciares. We both have rock/snow/ice/glacier climbing experience and would like to attempt an ascent towards the easier end of the difficulty spectrum (if we get lucky with the weather) on this trip. Several of the so called 'trekking peaks' (e.g. Cerro Solo or Punta Velluda via Paso Superior) sound interesting and appropriate for our first visit.

I have two questions for anyone with experience in this region:

What condition are the glaciers (e.g. Glaciar de Los Tres) likely to be in at this time of year (mid-to-late January), especially with respect to crevasses? I assume we should plan on roped glacier travel?

I have read that 'climbers' are required to register at the parque headquarters and obtain a special climbing permit. What constitutes a 'climber' in the eyes of the local authorities? Is a permit necessary to ascend 'trekking peaks'? Is there some other litmus test for when you need a climbing permit? How rigorously is this enforced?

Thanks in advance for any information or suggestions.

-Bill
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torre glacier

Postby MichaelJ » Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:49 pm

The Torre glacier is prettty casual, you could cross it in approach shoes. There are some big cracks high up on the approach to some peaks that one might want to rope up for but asking around locally is probably the best idea once you get there.

Edit. Misread your glacier. You´d want boots for de los Tres but as of late December, you probably don´t need to rope up until you get to the start of the route.

The permit is free. There doesn´t seem to be any requirements or enforcement.
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Postby Bill Kish » Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:46 pm

Thanks Michael, that's helpful.
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