The Patagonia expedition is about to commence. Moving up to Piedra del Fraille refuge tomorrow and will sit out the predicted high winds and rain there until we can move on. A easing of the winds looks possible by the weekend.Continue Reading →
Our expedition to the Southern Patagonian Icecap starts tomorrow when we all start travelling down to El Chalten in Patagonia. Will it be a glorious adventure or a bitter struggle against the elements. Its in the lap of the gods!
Yes the time has come around all too quick. Tomorrow, two South Africans, a New Zealander, an Australian and two spanish based English will start the long trip to the most southerly part of the habitable world, Patagonia. This land of storms ...Continue Reading →
Becoming snowblind is one of the most debilitating hazards of being in the high mountains. This article relates my own personal experience on the Patagonian Icecap with this painful condition. I am not a medical expert and haven’t read up on all the facts, so if you want the medical stuff then do a Google Search. I relate below only my own experience.
I guess after spending over 40 years walking in the mountains I’ve been lucky not to have contracted snowblindness before. Sure, I ...Continue Reading →
Sometimes a basic snow wall is not sufficient to keep the elements at bay. The wind can drop spindrift on the leeward side thus burying the tents. Is there a solution in the way we can construct snow walls that would make them more efficient?
I asked this question on the Worldwide Expedition professional group on LinkedIn
Last year on the Patagonian Icecap we built snow walls as normal. In high winds spindrift gets dumped on ...Continue Reading →
Yes, we are heading back to the Patagonian Icecap. In November 2011, a year earlier than planned, we shall be renewing our tussle with the magnificent but ferocious elements of the “Hielo Continental Sur” (Southern Continental Ice Sheet) in southern Patagonia.
Due to the difficult nature of the expedition we keep the group small. Only 4 places remain. This is likely to be an extremely demanding trip! Our 2006 expedition was completed in glorious weather. Our 2010 trip was beset by ...Continue Reading →
We bought the Yukon Down Jackets in an online winter sale from PHD Designs in the UK in March 2010. Gore Tex outer fabric. But how did they perform and stand up in the wilds of Patagonia?
The ordering and delivery process- Easy. The website is well thought out and helpful. Sale items are identified and purchased with minimum fuss. We occasionally have problems with suppliers delivering to our home in Spain. In this case the delivery was prompt ...Continue Reading →
A report from Kiersten Rowland about her harrowing experiences on the Patagonian Icecap in November 2010. Not exactly a sparkling advertisement for joining us back there in 2012!
Two taxis arrive to take us to the trailhead at Rio Electrico. From the trailhead we walk a few hours through a forest to our camp at Los Troncos. You have to pay a small fee as you pass over private land, but on the plus side there is a small cabin where ...
Our own personal recommendations and help for mountaineers, trekkers and travellers visiting the town of El Chalten in southern Patagonia.
The town of El Chalten comes as a pleasant surprise. It is tucked away between some rock walls north west of the magnificent Lago Viedma in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina. It has a clean and frontier feel to it and the people are genuinely warm, friendly and helpful.
El Chalten is a relatively new town. It was founded in 1985 ...Continue Reading →
The rescue efforts to aid 3 climbers continue on the Patagonian Icecap. 2 Argentine guides and their Mexican client are trapped on the Nunatek Viedma. The Mexican did not survive and died from hypothermia. Yesterday, the helicopter could not reach the ice cave where the two guides await. If the weather does not improve, they will have to be evacuated on foot.
If the continental ice sheet was not there then the Nunatak Viedma would be a mountain. But it’s just a ...Continue Reading →
A summary of the Spanish Highs Patagonian Icecap Expedition 2010 which has just returned from Argentina.
We must have upset the weather gods. Unlike previous trips, this time Patagonia threw everything it had as us weather wise. Like other Argentine groups we sat for 3 or more days at La Playita campsite waiting for our chance to climb onto the icecap. During that time we were nearly blown away in gale force winds, got snowed in and once when flooded, had ...Continue Reading →