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SOUTH CORDILLERA

 
     
  Terrain - SOUTHERN PATAGONIA  

 

This group of ranges, bordering the Southern Icecap, contains some of the most spectacular peaks in the world.  In the climbing community they are renown for steep granite, high winds and foul weather.  Access is via Torres del Paine Park in Chile, Glaciers Park in Argentina, and the tourist-accessible glacier at Perito Moreno.  I am indebted to my wife, Maggie Citrin, for the photos from Torres del Paine.

 

The Cuernos (horns) de Paine are famous on an international level. Click to see big picture (640x455 pixels; 121 KB)
A similar shot from farther away shows the towers peeking out behind the horns, across Lago Pehoe. Click to see big picture (640x430 pixels; 116 KB)
A view from farther south of both the horns and the towers, a Ñandu in the foreground. Click to see big picture (576x380 pixels; 103 KB)
A view from Lago Pehoe Click to see big picture (577x368 pixels; 77 KB)
And from Lago Scottberg Click to see big picture (604x396 pixels; 77 KB)
The true Torres (Towers) of Paine arise behind the horns, and are as challenging to climb as they appear. Click to see big picture (534x414 pixels; 86 KB)
Here is a closer view of the three Torres del Paine, just in case you are planning ascent routes. Click to see big picture (640x415 pixels; 105 KB)
Turning now to the Perito Moreno "tourist glacier" reached from the town of Calafate in Argentina. Click to see big picture (594x402 pixels; 113 KB)
And a more "photographer's photo" of Perito Moreno Glacier. Click to see big picture (640x436 pixels; 144 KB)
Glaciers Park in Argentina is dominated by Fitzroy and the spire-like Cerro Torre, both famous in the annals of mountaineering. Click to see big picture (640x354 pixels; 78 KB)
A view of this spectacular group from the south, across Lago Viedma. Click to see big picture (640x339 pixels; 57 KB)
Fitzroy is often written Fitz Roy, and locally known as Cerro Chalten.  It is a beautiful peak, and at 3405 meters appears to be the highest in the southern Patagonia ranges.  Click to see big picture (632x464 pixels; 82 KB)
A less usual view of Fitzroy from the northwest. Click to see big picture (302x472 pixels; 51 KB)
And then there is the incredible Cerro Torre, which translates simply as "Tower Mountain".  It has been called the most difficult to climb in the world, although some beasts in Pakistan and elsewhere might challenge this. Click to see big picture (518x438 pixels; 86 KB)
And a shot of it at dawn, Click to see big picture (566x392 pixels; 58 KB)
The winds of southern Patagonia are epic. This is the only landmass they strike as they circulate around the world, a factor known as "infinite fetch". Click to see big picture (640x404 pixels; 102 KB)
But if you get bored you can always fly your tent as a kite Click to see big picture (586x406 pixels; 40 KB)
And it can snow at any elevation at any time of the year. Click to see big picture (638x412 pixels; 122 KB)