Posts in category Patagonia Northern Icecap Crossing 2014
We are finally down by the sea, with all our belongings. Yesterday we first went down with the camp. Pitched it by the sea, close to the Conaf cabin, and the rangers that are responsible for the National Park.
We then had lunch before going up for the last load.
The route down goes on a trail in the rainforest a great area that reminds us how special this trip is. Where else in the world is there a huge glacier, calfing directly in the ocean surrounded by rainforest...
Today we where supossed to be picked up by boat, but wind conditions on the sea made the return trip too exposed. The boat is here in the lagoon, and we will go in a calm weather window tomorrow morning. At least that’s the plan.
All is good, we even have coffee now :)
We only received a very short SMS from Bengt today. Thay are down by the lagoon with all equipment, and waiting for pick-up. Considering time difference they are probably on their way now !
Another update soon !
All good here in Patagonia. We already took all the load from the mountain down to the trail head.
We are now in the same camp as yesterday and will go all the way down tomorrow.
We have another favorite tent place! We are now camped at the front of the San Rafael glacier. Here it is like the New Year’s Eve. The glacier is falling into the sea just underneath our camp. Very spectacular!
We went down the mountain with both our loads yesterday. Weather was even better than the day before. It’s hard to explain the beauty of this land right now, it´s like an echo from the day before .
Anyways, life is good!
We woke up in the shadows, but hiked out to a high point above the glacier and had a fantastic sunrise to our morning coffee. The rest of the day has been sunny and beautiful and the evening we spent by a bon fire, with thousands of stars and the moon shining on the mountain behind us. Sigrid's comment says everything: if somebody had made a painting of this it would have been too much.
We went up tovards the icecamp, and picked up our stuff that we left there two days ago. We used about 5 hours up and down to the camp again. After a long lunch we took the same stuff further down. We left it hafway up in the mountain and will probably be back there to pick it up in two days. Tomorrow we plan to bring the first load all the way down. Saludos from the Silverarrow expedition, which hopes to have a morning coffe above the glacier tomorrow as well.
Today we woke up to a "different" place! The sun warmed up the tent and outside is a beautiful winter landscape, cold and sunny without a cloud on the sky.
We started around 9:30, walked off the ice and up the mountain. We traversed in the hillside trough rocks and bushes. We sat camp as planned, here we have a great view of San Rafael glacier.
A campsite that on earlier years has been described as the most beautiful in the world, and this year is no exception!
Tomorrow we'll go back and pick up our load.
This morning we tried twice to get the first load on land. Wind and snow made us wait until the third try before we finally went. We got a beautiful weather window that lasted for 3-4 hours. We got pulkas, skies and the rest of the things we don’t need in camp up on the mountain. We got a very nice view down San Rafael glacier from the top. We continued down on the other side and found a nice place to leave equipment. Tomorrow we will go past this point with the camp, to the one we like to call highcamp. Next day we'll go back for the load we took today, and bring it past the camp and all the way down to the edge of San Rafael again. Plan is to stay two days at highcamp and then go down to the sea.
Today has been a lazy day. The wind has been to0 high to pass the biggest crevasses between us and "land". We found a new route out, that at the time was okay, but then the wind picked up even more and we decided to stay here and wait for tomorrow. We had a bit of a struggle with one of the tents when one of the poleholders broke in a high gust. Now the camp is settled good, and we have big hope to be moving tomorrow.
It is always nice to find land in the other side of an icecap. It means that the crossing it self has been done. But we still have a lot of work before we are done. We now have to walk on the side of the glacier down to the sea.
We had a wet start today as well. We started with backpacks and pulkas, walked for an hour before we only could go with backpacks. We left half of our gear there and continued down to the edge between ice and land. There we raised camp and had a big lunch before we turned around for our last load. At 20:30 we were in camp with everything. It has been a long wet day in “crampons” in difficult terrain, but everybody is happy.
Our expedition has finally got a name : “Silverarrow “