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Subject:Patagonia Pics: El Chalten.
Time:12:27 am

This was taken from the bus as I was leaving El Chalten, and it was probably the best full view I had of the mountains. Because they were constantly blanketed by a neverending armada of clouds, I never got to see Cerro Torre. Never got to get a close look at Monte Fitz Roy. Those two granite bitches were one of the main reasons why I came to Patagonia in the first place.


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Here's a pic of Vic and I goofing around on the shore of Laguna Torre, waiting for the ferocious winds to blow away the clouds. Behind those clouds? Cerro fucking Torre. This is the view on a good day. For almost two hours, the clouds would get thinner and you could start to see something ... then it'd turn shitty again. I decided then and there that I'll be coming back to El Chalten, and I'll stay a month if I have to - but I will see Cerro Torre dammit.


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This poor chubby bastard would probably be getting a lot more attention if it were anywhere else instead of being next to Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. I don't even know if anybody bothered to give it a name. If not, I shall name it Fat Derek.


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The epic clouds around here were wild and untamed, unlike them soft and spoiled city clouds I'm used to.


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In El Chalten, I had a habit of hopping on top of boulders and assuming moronic poses. There were quite a few of them, I'm sorry to say, but this was the prize winner. I call this one Figure-Skating Superman.


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This wasn't taken in El Chalten, but somewhere between there and El Calafate. Other than the stunning sunset, it didn't seem anything special to me. It wasn't until I was reading an airplane magazine that I discovered this very spot was named after some guy who killed a puma here with his bare hands in the 1800's. Don't quite remember the name, but I'm pretty sure it was El Puma Choker.


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Unlike Cerro Torre, I actually got to see Fitz Roy. But only from a distance, while it sat smugly behind the hills. We took a hike to Laguna de los Tres to get this view. But on that day, all this happened.


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