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Cerro ChaltÚn or how it is more commenly called Cerro Fitz Roy is one of the most photographed mountains in the world that attracts thausands of visitors and a few hard core climbs every year. But it is also one of those mountains that makes life for tourist and climbers frustrating as often the mountain is partly or totally covered in clouds. That's also what gave the little village El Chalten its name - it means "the smoking mountain".
So one consider himself lucky if one encounters it only partly clouded and I guess I can consider myself very very lucky when I climbed up that morning to the "lago de los tres" at 6am only to find the mountain entirely free of clouds and illuminated liked a big golden temple.
It was an almost religous experience when slowly the sun came in and warmed up not just the mountain but also our freezing limbs.
To climb Cerro Fitz Roy is actually considered harder than climbing Everest as it is much more technical and the weather situation adds quite some extra degrees. Climbers often wait for weeks and months in the base camp until they get a stable window for an attempt.
The alternate name Fitz Roy stems from Robert FitzRoy who explored some of the area in 1834.

Enjoy it.
Christian

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