Desert Vibes

Desert Vibes
Photo: Ben Clark

Monday, March 11, 2013

From Bariloche to El Fin del Mundo with a Few Stops Along the Way

I just realized a few days ago while Skyping with my parents that I haven't posted new photos on here in a while. So, without me rambling on for too long here are some photos from the rest of my time in Bariloche/Frey, driving down Ruta 40, El Chalten, and Ushuaia...

Got a pretty sweet tan at Frey, but carrying a 30+ kilo backpack with a little bit of dry skin on my upper shoulders ruined that :)

Bife de Chorizo at El Boliche de Alberto in Bariloche, Argentina

Sunset at Frey

Sunset at Bariloche

Typical trail around Frey. Essentially no difference between the trails and just making your own way up the mountains. So, I pretty much just explored the mountains around Frey to see where I could get without a rope. Found some pretty sweet ridgeline traverses and got to the top of Catedral Sur.

Laguna Schmoll in the basin above Frey

A short section of trail leading from the ski lift at the top of the mountain to the beginning of an easy traverse to get to Frey.

Refugio Frey down at the bottom. It takes me about 10 minutes to leave the Refugio, scramble up the mountain, and get to the point where the photo was taken.

View of Tronodor on the way up Catedral Sur

Laguna Schmoll in the background. The headwrap and sunglasses aren't for the cold and sun. They're for the wind.

Piedra Parada (big rock in the middle) on the way to El Chalten. There is a nice little canyon here some sport climbing routes that would be a blast if I liked sport climbing.

Layout of Piedra Parada

Circle of Life in the Patagonian desert

Asado in Piedra Parada.
 
Laying in a hammock and dreaming.

Ruta 40 is almost worse than Kansas...Almost...


View as you head West out of El Chalten towards Lago del Desierto

Laguna Torre with Cerro Torre in the backdrop.

Fitz Roy massif with Laguna de los Tres.

The best part about rainy days in El Chalten.

View from Mirador  Loma del Pliegue Tumbado before I traversed the ridgeline to a mountain pass that gave me access to a laguna below.

Laguna de los Tres again. Bluest water I've ever seen.

View from Glaciar Martial looking down towards Ushuaia


Another view of Ushuaia from Glaciar Martial

Looking up at Glaciar Martial

Beagle Channel from the waterfront in Ushuaia

Beagle Channel

A nice sturdy bridge in Ushuaia on the way down from Paso de la Oveja

Finally above treeline on my way to Paso de la Oveja

Crossing into the National Park on my way to Paso de la Oveja

This photo looks weird, but the vegetation really was that bright shade of green.

Paso de la Oveja in Ushuaia. Had a little bit of snow and some frigid winds up there.

The reason why I was so happy to get above treeline on the ascent to Paso de la Oveja. Downed trees EVERYWHERE...

A short reprieve from the downed trees on the way to Paso de la Oveja. One of the few sections of runnable trail below treeline.

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