Los Glaciares provided a chance to do something I had never done – gone hiking on a glacier.
To get there we took a short boat ride across the lake in front of the Perito Moreno Glacier, and ‘docked’ – which was really a stop along rocks shaped somewhat into steps.
We headed across the rocks and beach toward the huts to get prepared – the huts looked tiny compared to where we were headed.
As we were standing on the beach getting some background on how glaciers work a 70 meter (210 foot) high wall of ice came falling down (aka calving). It was very cool – but I do not have room for the 30 or so photos I managed to take in burst mode!
Finally we reached the hut and received our crampons.
The wall of ice was daunting – but we were headed for a more gradual rise.
We were broken up into English speakers and Spanish speakers, then further into groups of 15. Our leader was Ceffi.
And we were off…
Before long we were in the middle of the ice going up, down and over obstacles.
The staff was very helpful, making sure we didn’t fall into crevasses.
The views were fantastic.
Near the end of our 2 hours on the ice we celebrated with a whiskey on ice – straight from the glacier. Ceffi and the rest of the staff were excellent – fun, informative and foremost making sure everything was done safely.
And with that we returned to the starting point where we could reflect on how awesome the hike had been – on top of this massive glacier.