Thursday morning: They camped almost by the ice last night. But that was quite an effort. A lot of vertical meters and heavy loads saw to that, event though the went several times.
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Fredag fra Bengt: Da er vi kommet frem til Coyaihque, det ble en lang og utrolig flott tur.
Rib’n kom halv tolv. Noe forsinket pga et bil havari..?!...
Veien inn til ’rib-havna’ er helt ny! Men for å komme dit må man først kjøre bilen sin til en elv. Så fløtes man over med båt. Her begynner den nye veien og her er det da en (1) bil som kan brukes. Den eneste på denne siden av elva.
Da Thomas kom ti dagtidlig konka bilen etter ca 3 km. Så Thomas måtte springe 7 km for å nå båten...
Båten plukka oss opp, og så ble det en utrolig flott tur i fjordsystemer som må ligne litt på Norge FØR det kom folk. Utilgjengelige landområder på begge sider. For de som måtte ønske en førstebestigning er det bare å velge, men regn med å bruke to mnd med machete for å hugge vei...
Ubeskrivelig, eller som Geir sa til meg på båten. ’Dette er et eventyr, altså!’
Vi skjønte alle hva han mente med det.
Denne turen kan ganske enkelt ikke beskrives med andre ord. Alle skjønner at et eventyr kan inneholde det utroligste, altså ting man ikke skjønner. Enkryssing av den nordlige icecap’n i Patagonia, kan kun forstås om man har gjort det. Vi har som Geir sier, levd i et eventyr i 17 dager, og det tar nok 17 år å fordøye dette...
Etter båtturen var vi spente på om bilen var klar, det var den ikke...
Det ble med andre ord 7 km på beina. Etter en del mekking på bilen ble løsningen en god gammel rullestart, 5 personer som dytter, og en som slipper cluchen på riktig tid... Bilen starta, men gikk bare på 3 sylindre, uansett nok til å få oss bort til elvekrysingen.
Jeg sa vel at veien var ny derfra...? Noe som betyr at grusen er elvegrus, som inneholder en del kvasse stener... Så for å gjøre en lang historie kort er vi nå tilbake, og mye bede på å skifte dekk.
I Patagonia er ikke turen over før man er på flyet hjem...
Tusen Takk for oss, vi er enige med Børge, dette overgår alt!
Tuesday morning: yesterday they arrived down by the fjord. There is a small hut there in which they had very much planned to stay. BUT it was taken! That was a surprise as this country is hardly run over. This is as desolate as can be. The occupants were Ranges who were there to renovate and make the place better (in case) tourists show up. The chance is that could be you next year?
Anyway. It was good to be out, and now they had just one load left up in the slopes, some 5-6 hours away…
Tuesday Midnight: Bengt called in just as they came back down. This is it! They are down and out and very happy. But it did not come for free. It had been very wet and the return trip had taken 10 ½ hour. But now they were ready for dinner and time to savour what has been an incredible trip. Tomorrow they will be picked up by a Rib (at 10:00) that will fly then back to civilisation. From there it will be a drive back to Coihaique – just I time for a loooong shower and an even longer dinner.
We’ll be back with more.
Sunday morning: They moved closer to the fjord. Not a lot, but closer. 975 meters to be exact. But they had to go 3 times and were very happy with both the effort, the spectacular route and the most stunning camp till now. It was kind of both over and under looking the icefall.
Today they are going to push towards the fjord and secure the route as it has several small rappels, and they will have to go up again the fetch the last half of the equipment.
Very high spirit and they still believe they are on schedule for a pickup on Wednesday.
Saturday morning: yesterday was the hardest day yet. They have left quite a bit of equipment further up to be more flexible and move faster. This has worked well, but the trip up to retrieve it all was hard. Not only was the backpacks killing, the weather did all it could to trip them…
But back to camp they arrived and decided to take out one of the surprises: A Champagne! – It felt very deserved.
Now everything is in camp and today they plan on getting everything on land and start the first trip down towards the fjord. It will be interesting to see how far they get.
Friday morning: yesterday they continued down the glacier and camped pretty close to the point were they plan to leave it for good. To ease the going they left half the stuff in the previous camp. This they will pick up today before attempting to go all the way down to the pick-up area by the fjord. Than they will use 2 days retrieving the rest. All in all they plan on 5 exciting days in the steep rainforest.
Thursday morning: Yesterday was a real roller coaster. The weather held out and even though they did not get very far, the day was a lot of fun and spectacular.
They reached the first nunataq in style. Then climbed over it before aiming to cross over a side glacier. They did not get across, but after lots of up and down and roping up most of the day with some fun rappels, they were happy to tent out on the ice one more time.View 1 comments
Wednesday morning: Another great day. The sun, the sky, the landscape got 10 out of 10. Still, they did not get as far as they thought. Getting lower and closer to the edge there was a distinct lack of snow, hens the crevasse areas were very exposed. It made for fun but slow going.
They still hope to set foot on solid rocks again at the end of the day. We’ll see, they are in no rush.
Tuesday morning: The guys left this morning under heavy clouds, but in dry conditions and acceptable visibility. The descent down the icefall went well, and they were soon onto the plain a few hundred meters below camp. It seems to be a lot, and good snow this year, so very few crevasses posed any problems.
A few stints later there were suddenly a bit brighter and then Truls cried out load: ‘LOOOOOOOOOOK!!!! Mountain!!!!!’ And out of the fog emerged this fairy tail like formation, the formidable Cerro San Valentin (13.314ft)! Within minutes the gloomy fog lifted and revealed a cloudless sky.
The normally oh-so down-to-earth Bengt was completely lost for sensible word reporting in through the satellite telephone: Just – I mean, unbelievable, well, it all suddenly, it can’t be described – – it is the most fantastic moment and experience in nature I have ever experienced. Wow! That coming from the super seasoned Bengt is nothing short of – eh – strong…
Anyway, if this isn’t Patagonia for YOU, you’re on the wrong blog. If it is, sign up for next year.
They skied on in utter bliss and happiness and did some 20km. If all goes well, and the weather holds out they recon on being on solid ground again the day after tomorrow. Then the rainforest awaits them!