Ice Field & Gorra Blanca Expedition


Introduction


The Patagonian Ice Cap is the third largest extension of ice of the world, and the biggest in South America. It has an average height of 1500m/a/s/l, and it can be described like a vast plain covered with snow and crossed by the Andes from north to south. In this program, we will circumnavigate the Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre mountain range, covering a distance of approx. 100km. From Marconi Pass, we´ll attempt to climb Mount Gorra Blanca (2900m). This is one of the most challenging and impressive trips in Southern Patagonia

DATA SHEET

 10 Days expedition
 Estimated distance covered: 100 km
 Backpack weight: 30 kg
 Very strenuous and rigorous hike; training required
 Winter trekking & glacier training required
 Groups from 2 to six people
 September to March

Itinerary


Day 1

Meeting with the Guide; debrief about the details of the program and check of the personal equipment.

Day 2

Transfer to Río Eléctrico and start the trekking. It takes 2 hs to get to “Piedra del Fraile” Campsite or 5 hs to “La Playita” Camp, at the foot of Marconi Glacier.
“Piedra del Fraile” is a private campsite with services, at the edge of the forest. After there the terrain is open and rockery until the next camp.

Day 3

Trek to “Paso Marconi” (1550m/a/s/l); 6 to 10hs. This is the crux of the trip; we´ll need a reasonable good day in order to reach the pass. Weather allowing, there are excellent views of Fitz Roy, Piergiorgio and Gorra Blanca, among other peaks. We´ll start using crampons, rope and snowshoes at the “cambio the pendiente”, the steepest section of the trip.
Camp on the Marconi Pass or at Gorra Blanca refuge (Refugio “Eduardo García Soto”).

Day 4

Gorra Blanca summit attempt (2900m/a/s/l) by the normal route (NW ridge), with average ice slopes from 30 to 40 degrees.
There may be a short steeper section to climb the final summit mushroom. If the weather is favorable, we´ll be able to contemplate part of the Ice Field, the Cordon Gaea, Volcano Lautaro, Mount´s Fitz Roy and Torre among others. We´ll head back to the refuge in the afternoon.
This is about a 10 hour day with a gain of 1300 meters. (4000 feet)

Day 5

Trek to “Circo de Los Altares”. This is a short day (about 6 hs) with the possibility to approach the famous west face of Cerro Torre. This site has one of the most impressive views of Los Glaciares National Park, the west face of Cerro Torre, especially at sunset! Camp at “Circo de los Altares”.

Day 6

Trek to “Laguna Ferrari” or “Paso del Viento” hut. After about 4 hs hiking south from the Circo, we will exit the glacier and hike 2 to 3hs more trough moraines and rocky terrain. Camp at Laguna Ferrari or Paso del Viento hut.

Day 7

Trek over “Paso del Viento”(1500m/a/s/l) and then down the Tunnel valley to get to Laguna Toro. In a clear day, there are excellent panoramic views of Mariano Moreno Range and Viedma Glacier. The terrain is rocky with screes and we’ll get across a short section of Glacier Tunel. There is a river crossing near Laguna Toro with a cable zip-line or by foot at he bottom of the valley. Camp at “Laguna Toro”. (*)

Day 8-9

Spare days in case of bad weather conditions or rest days

Day 10

Trek back to El Chaltén trough forest of “lengas” and over the “Pliegue Tumbado”, it´ll take about 5-6 hs. We will celebrate the end of the expedition with a barbecue dinner!

Note

(*) Another alternative is to continue this day to “Paso Huemul”, in order to arrive the following day to “Bahía Túnel” (“Boat transfer is optional from Bahía Cabo de Hornos, when available”).

  PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

• Mountaineering boots (*) • 70-75 L backpack
• Sleeping Bag (-15°C, down recommended)
• Bivouac sac
• Insulate mattress (Therm-a-Rest recommended)
• Walking poles
• Sunglasses with UV filter
• Goggles
• Sun-block and lip balm
• Compeed or second skin (for blisters)
• Personal Hygienic set
• Personal first aid kit
• Pocket knife
• Duct-Tape
• Head lump (with spare batteries)
• Water Bottle (Nalgene) plus small thermo flask

  GEAR LIST

• Light shoes (snickers or light trekking)
• Long underwear (top and bottom) Synthethic or merino
• Soft shell pants
• Warm shirt (lightweight)
• Sweater (medium weight)
• Fleece Jacket or windstopper (heavy weight)
• Insulated hooded Jacket (synthethic or down)
• 3 pairs of socks ( 2 thick and one liner,)
• Waterproof pants (Gore-tex)
• Waterproof parka (Gore-Tex)
• Gaiters
• Thin gloves plus waterproof gloves (plus spares)
• Sun cap
• Wool or fleece hat
• Neck warmer, buff, or balaclava

(*) We can rent you the boots; If needing these please let us know when you register. Please also give us your boot size.





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