We knew this would be good – but THIS good??? hehe

An hour from El Calafate is the Moreno glacier which is basically a 250 square kilometre mass of ice slowly moving down a valley toward Lake Argentino. They refer to it as ‘stable’ as it grows as much as it retracts, so essentially it stays the same dimensions (unlike glaciers in NZ etc). More importantly, it’s quite awe inspiring…

First up we boated across the lake and after the application of some super-grippy metal thingys that are tied to your shoes, we started the ascent of one side of the 5km face of the glacier. Our guides went ahead and tested the safety of the ice and we all got through the day without falling into endless holes in the ice or sliding off the edge!

In the cracks in the ice, this beautiful blue almost glows as the light hits it. Ice crystals are amazing things…

The day was physically demanding but quite incredible and kept surprising at every turn. This said – we turned a corner and the guides had set up tables with glasses for whisky and ice (directly off the glacier) – a welcome and amusing finish to the ‘trekking’.

Another boat trip after lunch and we spent an hour or so viewing the north face of the glacier from a walkway which stretched across the opposite cliff – seemingly only metres from the ice. Every now and then we would hear a resounding crash which was a few tonnes of ice falling into the water, repeated over and over again.

Photos do this no justice at all, but this didn’t stop us taking a million of them!!!

What a day…

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