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Back in Europe

I missed this by only a week.

I missed this by only a week.

Well, I did my five-month stint and I’m now back in Europe. Sad to say but it wasn’t particularly productive, I left Chalten feeling demoralized and if I’m being totally honest I left feeling I wouldn’t go back.  The weather was too warm and too dry, there was less snow than last year and that’s saying something. Now back in Europe I check the weather and see it has snowed hard in the town! In fact, the weather reports suggest lots more snow is expected to fall.

 

 

I think I’m going to return to Chalten one more time, but I might take a couple of years out. In the mean time I’ll be doing a little work in Europe. I thought I’d add a few thoughts for anyone considering a photo trip to Chalten.

Do’s and Dont’s in Los Glaciers National Park

  • If booking onto a workshop make sure the guide is hiring a local guide, without one you will be asked to leave the park, Full details below.
  • Local guides are not allowed to take people off the trail.  The rules are bent slightly but you will not be allowed access to all areas.
  • Check the weather, then pay no attention to it. Seriously check the weather, but it’s frequently inaccurate. I’m fond of saying that the only way you will guarantee you won’t get a shot is if you don’t go to the mountains.
  • I use Wind Guru to get my weather reports, it’s wise to check the weather for the ice field as well as the town and even the weather to the east.
  • Google Earth is invaluable for all photographic planning, as are star finding apps like PhotoPills
  • Chip and Pin bank cards usually don’t work in Chalten, so take U.S dollars.
  • Bring some food from home, El Chalten has a miserable choice of food, trekking food is especially hard to come by.
  • Learn a little basic Spanish, locals tend to speak a bit of English, but as with any travel experience, it helps to make the effort.
  • Try to learn the names of other mountains, the climbing history is fascinating.
  • When leaving Chalten it’s possible to get the bus from the big hostel Rancho Grande, this saves you lugging all your kit to the bus station.
  • There is a gas station, it’s just south of the ranger station and looks like a shipping container.
  • You can buy most camp necessities in Chalten, gas is available for stoves such as JetBoil, also White Gas.
  • Wifi is improving, in the more expensive hotels, it actually works.
  • Never start a fire in the park and camp only in recognized camp sites.
  • Don’t go to remote areas of the park on your own, remember there is no helicopter rescue.
  • It’s fine to drink water from the streams, the one exception is the trek to Pliegue del Tumbado due to cattle.
  • Be respectful of other photographers, April is getting really busy, just because you’re on a paying workshop does not give you the right to tell me to move out of your way. (It happens!)
  • If you’re asked by a park official if you’re selling your photographs or if you’re a professional explain your situation. They will allow you some leeway, you’re not allowed to photograph commercially without a permit. This means you can’t take photographs that will end up in, for example, an advertising campaign.
  • Chalten is almost free of crime, none the less it pays to be careful. I’d be wary of leaving valuables unattended especially during festival times when visitors arrive from out of town.

I’m sure there’s a lot more I could add but If anyone has any questions feel free to message me: info@andrewwaddington.com

 

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The Dragons Den

The Dragons Den

The Dragons Den

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Unlike a true ice cave tunnel this is actually a stack of arches with narrow openings in the roof, these openings allowed light and snow to enter. I found it whilst scouting on the glacier below Cerro Torre in Los Glaciers National Park Argentina. At the time I had something else in mind so I gave it less attention than it probably deserved. I just propped my camera against a rock and set up a rough composition. I knew I was going to need something to show scale so I used a remote trigger to fire off a timed shot whilst I stood in the background.  It was only later that when I got to my computer that I realized I’d captured something quite nice. The gravel creates a pleasing leading line and the snow really works to bring out the dimples in the ice.

I struggled to think of a name for the shot so the title might sound a little bizarre, the Andiperla is an insect that lives on glaciers in Patagonia. It’s also known as a Patagonian Dragon.

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River Dance

River Dance

River Dance

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As a photographer, there’s little more exciting that witnessing an amazing sunset. Here on the Rio de las Vueltas the lenticular clouds beautifully complement the curve of the river.

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Fitz Roy

Fitz Roy

High winds produce some of the most dramatic skies in Patagonia.

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Arroyo del Salto

_ACW3869The most popular trek in Los Glaciers National Park is the hike to Laguna de los Tres, which leaves from the north of El Chalten. The trail splits after about 4km, the left fork branches off to Laguna Capri whilst the right fork makes a more direct track to Poincenot Camp, and the steep climb to the ever popular lake. Whilst the lake has much to offer the small stream flowing through the park offers multiple opportunities for photographers.  Typically it’s best to shoot from here at sunrise although in truth excellent photography is possible at all times of the day and night. A strong hiker can reach this river area in a little over an hour from town, therefore it’s quite possible depart from town in the dark and reach here for sunrise, or a pre dawn as seen in this image.

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