El Chaltén – Punta Velluda y Cerro Madsen

After some days with rain and hanging out around El Chaltén we were ready to score again. As we had already learnt here the word “approach” has a more demanding meaning. Walking in and out a valley can easily take a couple of hours.  So we decided to stay two nights in the basic but well maintained Refugio Rio Blanco. Trying to get the best of the time we had, we first skinned Punta Velluda, a Peak right in front of the very impressive and massive Cerro Fitz Roy Range. To describe this view is almost impossible… And as you could expect for sure the descent down to Laguna de los Tres was smooth and spectacular with powder snow. We felt still not challenged in terms of physical fitness and added 700m more verticals to the 1300m, we already had in our legs. Cerro Madsen was less spectacular but worth the effort, and not to forget, we broke the 2000m verticals benchmark… The obvious couloir in Dolomite style wasn’t skiable due to an avalanche that left an icy path down that gully. Instead we had close encounters with huge Condores that accompanied our little detour. Back at the Refugio and after a nourishing portion of ready-made rice we could claim another memorable day.

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4 Responses to El Chaltén – Punta Velluda y Cerro Madsen

  1. Marius says:

    “ready-made rice” -> honestly, i think this isn’t good for you and your relationship with KNORR! you should think about this!

  2. Hipolito says:

    Hey! thats really nice…. im from santa cruz and nobody tellme that can ski in these places.
    you go to this site in september?
    i went a few times to paso superior, but never saw that snow and i want to ski there!

    • olala, no coneces a tu pais… no, en serio: el chalten es un lugar alucinante de verano igual que de inverno. hay un monton de cosas a hacer. ahora tengo un laburo y la vida de esqui se termino. pero un dia volvera!!! si te vas en inverno: cuidado! necesita mucha experiencia pro el tema de avalanchas y tambien por los grietas en los glaciares. mejor te informas con el club andino o algun guia de montaña en chalten… (disculpa de romperte las bolas, pero no se como andas en la montaña y cuanto experiencia tenes). abrazo y vaya explorar!!!!

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