Viedma Glacier, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Climbing Ice - Trekking on the Viedma GlacierThe adventure started the moment you stepped off the boat where you were deposited onto some harsh terrain. Large, barren, orange colored rocks greeted you requiring you to get across them first before you could get to the glacier. Our English-speaking guide team met us at the boat and then led us over the rocks towards the glacier. The rock scramble wasn’t easy – it was steep in areas, however the guides were like gazelles – they knew every hard part and ran out in front to offer a hand just when you needed it.
Once near the glacier we sat on the rocks and the guides helped us get outfitted in crampons. We then were able to step on to the ice - and the fun began!
After an explanation of how to utilize/walk with the crampons on the glacier - we were off and trekking. The guides really pushed me to take routes that I wouldn't have otherwise done. We scrambled up steep inclines as they cut out routes for us with their picks. Once you climbed up to a ridge you could see for a miles across the glacier - an amazing scene to take in. This really did feel like one experience that lived up to it's adventure travel marketing.
More Information about the details of the hike: http://www.ottsworld.com/blogs/perito-moreno-viedma-glacier/