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Glacier Perito Moreno

and a whisky with ice cubes older than us !

overcast 5 °C

We returned to the town of el Calafate for the sole purpose of trekking on the glacier Perito Moreno. This glacier is special because it is one of the few in the world that is not receding, thanks to the near constant cold weather here. Our trek began with a boat ride across the lake with close up view of the glacier. We strapped on crampons and trekked for about an hour on the ice, past little waterfalls and pools. We enjoyed a scotch on the rocks at the end, using ice from the glacier. After returned on the boat, passing what used to be the arch. The glacier pushes right up onto the rocks, but water traveling underneath wears away an arch through the ice, which collapsed about 6 weeks ago. What we saw was the gap which left part of the ice on the rocks on the shore. We then drove to the viewpoint for more photos of the glacier, and we did our best to capture some of the ice falling into the lake, which happened pretty frequently. We were lucky to watch twice a massive piece break off and crash, sending waves through the lake. Hiking on the glacier was a great experience, but the cold made me glad we will soon be back in the desert!
Dimanche 26, nous retournons a El Calafate dans l'optique de faire un trek sur le glacier de Perito Moreno. Ce glacier est un des seuls au monde a etre stable (fonte == accumulation de neige), c-a-d a ne pas reculer ou avancer au fil des ans. Le trek commence avec une traversee du lac glaciaire en bateau. Puis nous nous equipons de crampons et suivons nos guides pendant une marche une petite heure sur le glacier. On y decouvrir le desert de glace, les cascades d'eau et les fissures du glacier. Vers la fin, un petit whisky "on the rocks" nous attend, avec de la glace locale, vieille de 200 ans. Plutot sympa :) Autre point interessant du glacier: Regulierement, apres quelques annees, le glacier descend suffisamment bas pour couper en deux le lac et etablir un pont de glace vers la berge opposee. Le cote Sud du lac monte en niveau (15 metres) et en pression, et finit par creuser un trou dans la glace pour retablir la circulation entre les deux parties du lac. Cela cree un pont de glace, qui s'ecroule generalement apres quelques semaines. La derniere occurence etait il y a 6 semaines ! Nous pouvons observer le reste du pont sur la berge opposee.
L'apres midi, nous allons au point de vue, et tentons de filmer la chute des pans de glaces. On observera plusieurs ecroulement, mais pas de peau pour vous, rien sur la camera :) Il faudra y aller vous meme ! Au final, on a vraiment apprecier la sortie, mais bon, on aurait preferer un peu plus de soleil... il faisait _froiiid_ :)

Us and the glacier

Us and the glacier


Hiking with crampons on the glacier

Hiking with crampons on the glacier


Us on the glacier

Us on the glacier

A deep pool of water on the glacier

A deep pool of water on the glacier


A small waterfall

A small waterfall

Scotch on the glacial rocks

Scotch on the glacial rocks

Perito Moreno glacier is 250 sq kilometers

Perito Moreno glacier is 250 sq kilometers


Perito Moreno glacier

Perito Moreno glacier

This is where the arch collapsed, leaving the ice on the right

This is where the arch collapsed, leaving the ice on the right

Beautiful scenery

Beautiful scenery

A fox that hung out in the parking lot in the national park

A fox that hung out in the parking lot in the national park

Posted by jillandloic 12:10 Archived in Argentina

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more adventures and different climates. My!

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