Cerro Fitzroy in the 'morn
Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten, Santa Cruz Province
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The early bird sure does get the worm, and what a amazing worm it was for us. We got up at the crack of dawn, almost pre-dawn, to get a head start on the roughly 10-12 hour hike that lay ahead. This was the day when we would attempt to summit the last steep trek up to the base of Mount Fitzroy, to the Laguna de los Tres, which had been closed due to ice and snow the last few days. While it doesn’t look tall, if you look at the first rise of the snowy part of the mountain where it first levels off, this was what we planned to climb. A rise of about 1200 feet in little under a quarter mile, making for one steep climb up icy, snowy trails, without crampons. More on that later. For a good part of the trail leading to Laguna de los Tres, you are covered under trees and a rolling hillside blocks pretty much your view of anything. Then, you start to see Mount Fitzroy peeking out at you, here and there between the thick brambles of branches. And not more than 30-45 minutes into the trail, you arrive at this magnificent lookout point. It just takes your breath away, with its awe inspiring beauty, towering before you. This along with the hike to Fitzroy, would be the only clear shot like this, for the rest of the day. The snow storm that we were caught in at the Laguna de los Tres, 1200 feet up, would cover this beautiful ridge line for the rest of the day. Like I said, the early bird gets the worm.