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SOUTH CORDILLERA

 
     
  Terrain - NORTHERN PATAGONIAN ANDES  

 

This title relates to the mountains between Coihaique and Puerto Aisen on the south, up to the latitude of the towns of Puerto Montt and Bariloche in the north.  That covers approximately 41 to 44.5 degrees of latitude south.  There are peaks of importance here in both Chile and Argentina.

 

Let's start with Cerro McKay, which rises directly above Coihaique itself.  Looks like some good cracks for rock climbing. Click to see big picture (640x444 pixels; 106 KB)
Not far north of Coihaique is the Copihue area, with crags such as this.  A snag from the great fires of the 1940's in the foreground. Click to see big picture (638x480 pixels; 71 KB)
And with the same foreground, Cerro Apuntiagujo. Click to see big picture (542x432 pixels; 60 KB)
A little farther north are some fine granite walls above Lago lasTorres (Towers Lake), in Lago las Torres Park. Click to see big picture (630x410 pixels; 108 KB)
A granite eye-tooth known as the Elephant's Trunk, above the Cisnes River.    Click to see big picture (300x446 pixels; 74 KB)
Another rock tower to the south of the Cisnes (Swan) River. Click to see big picture (638x382 pixels; 83 KB)
An one to the north of the Cisnes River for balance. Click to see big picture (582x386 pixels; 81 KB)
And this is a shot of steep summits adjacent to Lago Verde. Click to see big picture (588x420 pixels; 68 KB)
A look at a pair of Hanging Glaciers (ventisqueros colgantes), where a glacier falls over cliffs-- a major hazard in mountaineering. This one is near the Chilean town of Puyuhuapi. Click to see big picture (608x388 pixels; 87 KB)
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Peaks south of Lago Vintter in Argentina, also known as Lago General Paz. Click to see big picture (640x411 pixels; 60 KB)
Cerro Ventisquero Sur (it means Southern Glacier Mountain) on the international border, taken from near Puerto Piedra, Chile. Click to see big picture (570x402 pixels; 63 KB)
The spectacular Tres Monjas (Three Nuns) peaks above the beautiful Futuleufu River.  This lies on the Chile-Argentine border. Click to see big picture (611x480 pixels; 97 KB)
And a photo of the highest tower of the Tres Monjas from the adjacent summit.   Click to see big picture (292x436 pixels; 70 KB)
Looking down at the valley of the Rio Futaleufu from a summit of Cerro Tres Monjas.
A misty view of the peaks above the Quintero River. Click to see big picture (524x354 pixels; 51 KB)
A mountain by the name of Dos Picos (two peaks) on the Argentine side. Click to see big picture (640x375 pixels; 75 KB)
A massif by the name of Tres Picos (three peaks) near the above.  Also known as Cerro Tres Torres. Click to see big picture (640x358 pixels; 80 KB)
Switching now to the Argentine steppes, this is the Gorro Frigio above the Cubut River, Argentina.  It is a volcanic neck of basalt. The locals tell me (2006) that the only attempt to climb this failed. Click to see big picture (640x426 pixels; 114 KB)
On the other hand, the Piedra Parada (standing stone), also in the Chubut River Valley, is along a road, and is said to have been ascended by climbers from Esquel and from Puerto Madyrn.   Click to see big picture (346x468 pixels; 77 KB)
Cerro Chivo, and the nearby Chivito Tower are examples of the many basaltic volcanic necks adding topography to the Argentine steppes. Click to see big picture (578x388 pixels; 91 KB)
Cerro Teta, near the Chilean town of Futuleufu. Click to see big picture (290x448 pixels; 47 KB)
One summit of Cerro Melimoyu (2400 m.) to west of the Chilean town of La Junta.   Click to see big picture (308x454 pixels; 58 KB)
A wider look at Melimoyu, it is one of several volcanoes along this part of the coast, one of which almost wiped out the town of Chaiten in an unexpected eruption. Click to see big picture (636x392 pixels; 77 KB)
A classic broken glacier known as an icefall, descending near Melimoyu. Click to see big picture (562x412 pixels; 110 KB)
Volcan Corcovado (south face) on the mainland opposite the island of Chiloe.  At 2300 m. altitude this is a striking summit, honed by ice.    Click to see big picture (276x440 pixels; 53 KB)
A view of Volcan Corcovado from the west. Click to see big picture (612x402 pixels; 73 KB)
Volcan Yates stands above the northernmost Chilean fjords.  Seen from near the town of Puelo. volcan yates

Monte Tronador (The Thunderer) at 3450 m. altitude is the highest in this area.     It is located on the international border to west of the tourist city of Bariloche.

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Tronador looks like a more formidable challenge when viewed from a substantial elevation of Volcan Osorno. tronador
And speaking of Bariloche, this is one of the nearby pinnacles that have attracted rock climbers to the area. Click to see big picture (640x415 pixels; 83 KB)