The Season's First Summit

On a spectacular spring morning last week, a PAEX team - including a 67-year-old client - summited a sub-peak of the beautiful Cerro Aislado, and were granted a breathtaking view over the Northern Patagonian Ice Field. The ascent began the day prior with a climb through thick forest, behind Camp 4 of the AGT. We climbed steadily, pausing often to enjoy the views of the Colonia Glacier stretched out below us. Slowly, the deep lenga forest turned to knotted, dwarf trees, making for some difficult going. We camped that night at the forest's edge, hoping that a light afternoon rain would clear by dawn. It did, and we continued the climb the next day over a short talus slope and then onto hard morning snow. Perfect stillness greeted us at the summit, and we lingered taking in the view and comparing our maps with the landscape in front of us. As mid-day turned to mid-afternoon, we began our descent, pausing for a lunch of fruit and cheese on the talus slope, overlooking turquoise tarns and deep green forest, and then reaching camp in early evening, where all parties enjoyed a much needed siesta. Enjoy some photos from our trip, below:

                                      Headed up the South Slope, with a view of the Lago CaChet 2, the Colonia Glacier, and Lugana Corazón Incognito behind us. 

                                                                                                PAEX guide luis "Chino" toro leads the final stretch of the ascent

                                                                                                PAEX guide luis "Chino" toro leads the final stretch of the ascent