The Viedma Glaciar - Proof you can drink anywhere!
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The next day we were up and out early and took the boat across to the laguna to the front of Viedma. It´s dirtier than the Moreno glaciar but the size is just incredibly impressive. I need to show you all on a map when i get home. Luckily Maggie and I were the only two people in our group for the climbing so we had the guide and the ice to ourselves. We suited up and headed out with our guide Giselle to scale our first wall. Complete with Crampons and ice picks and a rope and a prayer we set up the first wall. It is so not as easy as it looks! Trying to trust the equipment and Giselle was really tough and just when you think you have your hold your foot slips or the ice pick moves or you simply haven´t got faith enough to pull your body weight up.
Our first suprise of the day was from Giselle who walked us up to a view point and started to carve out some ice with her ice pick. She then produced a bottle of Baileys and three cups from her bag! We served up fresh ice from the "bar" and had the bottle of Baileys to share between the three of us! So much for detoxing! Hee hee
The next suprise was better than that, yes you heard right! We trekked to the side of the glaciar and took our crampons off (not easy when tipsy!) and then we were ledunderneath the glaciar by Giselle. It´s the only Glaciar in the world where this is possible and we saw the lagoon that sits underneath the galaciar and crawled underneath the sheet of ice. It was incredible! So beautiful and like nothing i had ever seen before. Just breathtakingly beautiful. After that and the Baileys we were all glaciared out and went back to the hostel to sleep!