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At the summit of Cerro Brasero, looking down onto Lago Argentino

Today myself and Patrick, a parisian staying in my dorm, went for a trek to climb one of the mountains visible from town. It gives the town an impressive backdrop. We followed a path up into the hills until we realised it wasn´t very high, or difficult, and that there was a much more interesting one right behind it (we know this to be called Cerro Brasero). So we continued up there and had to leave the path for some very steep climbing, with only one route up among the rock faces that traversed the whole mountain.

When we got up to the top, the views were amazing, even being able to see Mt Fitzroy, the main attraction at the nearby town of El Chaltén. It´s a spectacular peak that is so steep that no snow can stick to it and is lit up spectacularly at sunrise, from what I have read about it.

We also had the company of a few condors, soaring high in the sky above us. At times they were very far away, at other times one flew right over our heads from behind, so that the shadow could be seen before the bird itself. And it was only about 10m away and being so big we saw it in all its majesty. It also flew across our view a little later, giving us an even better view. The less movement you make probably singles you out as possible prey and that´s why it might have approached so close.

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At the summit of Cerro Brasero, lo…
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