End of October

The end of October – a quick climb up Cerro Solo

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Every month I head to the mountains to try to photograph the moon setting between Fitz Roy and Poincenot. I’ve been attempting to find the precise angle from a given position but each month clouds have thwarted my attempts. This month I was all set to head out when a friend came to ask if I wanted to climb Cerro Solo. I had to make a decision, more reconnaissance or go for a proper adventure. I decided to hell with the moon shot, even if the moon was setting in the perfect position other aspects of the image weren’t ideal. I opted for the climb instead.

Cerro Solo is the ski ramp shaped peak that lies immediately south of Fitz Roy. It looks quite impressive when viewed from the trail to Laguna Torre. I use Google Earth a lot to help plan my shoots and from that program,  it’s easy to see that Fitz Roy isn’t particularly photogenic when viewed from Cerro Solo.

In many ways, the same can be said for Cerro Torre. This being true it’s still nice to get the chance to climb with friends, visit new areas of the park and climb a peak which features in one of my photographs.

Towards the summit of Cerro Solo. Fitz Roy in the background

Towards the summit of Cerro Solo. Fitz Roy in the background

From the summit of Cerro Solo, not the greatest for photography but worth a look

From the summit of Cerro Solo, not the greatest for photography but worth a look

Ancient fossilised ammonite

Fossils in the area. Few visitors to El Chalten realize the area is rich with fossils. On a recent hike with a friend in town, we came across this ammonite.

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