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2 Laguna Capri
3 Laguna Hija
4 El Chalten
5 Cerro Colorado, 70 km
6 Lago Viedma
7 Touristic summit
8 Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, 1490
9 2297, 45 km
10 Paso de los Agachones
11 2650, 50 km
12 Cerro Huemul, 2677
13 Cerro Solo, 2121
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15 Cerro Ñire
16 My access couloir
17 Little Red Summit
18 Techado Negro, 2152
19 Laguna Olvidada
20 Cerro Adela Norte
21 Mojon Rojo, 2163
22 Cerro Torre, 3102
23 Aguja de la S, 2335
24 Aguja Saint-Exupéry, 2558
25 Aguja Rafael Juarez, 2483
26 Aguja Poincenot, 3002
27 Kakito
28 Glaciar Rio Blanco
29 Fitzroy, 3405
30 Pilier Goretta
31 Aguja Val Biois
32 Aguja Mermoz, 2732
33 Aguja Guillaumet, 2579
34 Laguna Sucia
35 Castillo Negro, 2257
36 Glaciar de los Tres
37 Cerro Eléctrico, 2159, 5.6 km
38 Laguna de los Tres
39 Cerro Madsen, 1792
40 Red Pyramid
41 Mirador a la Laguna Sucia
42 Mirador
43 Cerro Vespignani, 2200, 28 km
44 Laguna Cóndor
45 Río Eléctrico
46 Laguna Piedras Blancas
47 2066, 19 km
48 Río Blanco
49 Río de las Vueltas
50 Cordón del Bosque
51 Angular summit


Location: Loma de las Pizarras (1685 m)      by: Pedrotti Alberto
Area: Argentina      Date: 24-02-2014
In my plans, this panorama should be the first of a series of 360° portraying the seven summits of the Fitzroy from seven different viewpoints.
Let me list these: I give their position imagining to sit on the very summit of the Fitzroy - a place where indeed few people did actually sit:

1: 002°, Paso del Cuadrado (1811 m)
2: 049°, Cerro Eléctrico (2155 m)
3: 087°, Cerro Madsen (1792 m)
4: 105°, Laguna de los Tres (1200 m)
5: 125°, Loma de las Pizarras (1685 m)
6: 160°, Loma del Pliegue Tumbado (1490 m)
7: 182°, Saddle between Cerro Sólo and Cerro Grande (1750 m)

I would have material also from the "forbidden half" 180°-360°, but I think that, if I ever survive the first half without being banned from the site, it will not be the case to test the patience of the Betrachter any further.

The curious thing is that, on the field, this view N.5 was born straight from N.3: namely, it was on the top of Cerro Madsen that I spotted a tiny lake high above Laguna Sucia, and short below the Loma. Snow covered, this lake is visible in the satellite image proposed by Google Maps. On the other hand, it is not to be found in any map; in my travel notes I referred it as Laguna Olvidada (forgotten lake), and my state of knowledge has not changed since then.
So, while descending from Cerro Madsen to the Poincenot camp, I was already formulated a new program for the following day. Instead of returning to El Chaltén via some well-established trekking path, I would reach Laguna Sucia, and from there explore the scree slope on its south side, in search for a passage to the newly-discovered lake. And indeed I found one, although not the simplest. My route passes through the "Little Red Summit" visible at 258°: a shoulder of a red peak of very broken rock that I believe to be Cerro Ñire. From there, I descended the thin snow couloir which is also in sight and... the lake was there, ready to host a bivac which would have been very fruitful from the photographic point of view.
In www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=11013873 one finds both a better description of the route, and a basic (although for now largely incomplete) photo anthology.
My descent from the Loma followed its whole SSE ridge, which is the common trekking route, although there is an amazingly low number of people undertaking this ascent, perhaps because of its length. For example, in a day like the one shown here, I met only two people en route.

Larger: www.panoramio.com/photo/124387567


One of the best.
2015/10/05 22:36 , Giuseppe Marzulli
Großes Kino!
2015/10/06 00:31 , Johannes Ha
What a nice view!
I'm curious, how long did the good weather window ?
Maybe you can mark a few distances ?
2015/10/06 06:50 , Steffen Minack
Oh yes, my all time favourite mountain range!
2015/10/06 08:19 , Jens Vischer
Steffen: consider that the weather is slowly changing in Patagonia, and also Garibotti in his guidebook "warns" the climbers not to expect the legendary weeks of enduring storms for which the region was once known.
This said, that February was something that even the locals witnessed to have never seen before. I remember only three heavily cloudy / slightly rainy days, one at the Paso del Viento, another at the Glaciar Marconi, and the worst perhaps on the hidden side of the Fitzroy. If this series will go on, I will describe the experience in a future panorama. For now there is only a shorter one available: www.panoramio.com/photo/123939724
This said, this remains always Patagonia and not Marsa Alam. In January I did not have pitiful weather in the Paine, but one month before all the paths had been closed due to forbidding weather conditions.
Distances: I will do with Udeuschle, however Lago Viedma should be something like 70 km long. I remember this well since I reached El Chalten fully destroyed, after cycling 10 hours at 7 km/h in a furious headwind. Many other cyclists had stopped on the side of the road, waiting for better conditions.
Cheers, Alberto.
2015/10/06 10:16 , Pedrotti Alberto
ok Alberto, tnx for the infos. I'm surprised. I never been there and I'm afraid I never will be. I have read several books (two about Cesare Maestri and David Lama lately for example). That's why I had asked for...
About distances: a short, an average and a long distance would be enough,
it's just for better understanding of the geography.
2015/10/06 16:29 , Steffen Minack
Thx for showing these again. I know this is very far south, but most likely not quite as far as indicated in the location link. Cheers, Martin
2015/10/06 20:28 , Martin Kraus
Martin: the usual exchange here does not lead to Oman...
2015/10/06 21:13 , Pedrotti Alberto
...but I'm happy to see you back on dry land and not in Antarctic waters anymore ;-)
2015/10/06 21:18 , Martin Kraus
Martin: in Ushuaia I had thought of Antarctica, but the price tags were discouraging.

Steffen: now I have marked some distances.
2015/10/06 21:29 , Pedrotti Alberto
Awesome - wonderful to see it again ...

Tanti saluti

Alberto, is the altitude of Cerro Torre really correct - my informations are 3.128m in other guides 3.133m ?
2015/10/08 18:27 , Hans-Jörg Bäuerle
HJBäu: I also had in ear perhaps 3128. But, while setting the labels, I followed the recent book "Patagonia Vertical" by Garibotti - Pietron. With 3102 agree also authoritative sources like
- the book "Patagonia" By Metzeltin - Buscaini. Maybe you remember these names from an old panorama of the San Lorenzo;
- the Zagier and Urruty map of the region.
Maybe this has something to do with the point of considering or not the summit mushroom?
This could have relevance, like here in my region, where there are rumours that Cima Brenta has overtaken Cima Tosa, due to the snowcap on the top of the former having melted. The little difference is that I expect my GPS to prove or disprove one day this rumour, whereas I think that it will never have the luck to reach the summit of Cerro Torre!
If you search inside picasaweb.google.com/albertopedrotti/TorreFitzroy you find a telephoto allowing to estimate the summit mushroom. You find it short after an "enrosadira" on the Fitzroy.
This said, 26 metres are irrelevant with respect to the cartographic precision competing to this region. When creating renderings, more often than not I need to set Kamerahöhen of the order of 100 metres (for the Cerro Eléctrico, even more) to match the value given by the GPS.
Here at the Loma "only" 40 were needed, with Udeuschle at 1646, GPS at 1685, Buscaini at 1691 and Zagier at 1709.
Cheers, Alberto.
2015/10/08 21:14 , Pedrotti Alberto

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