Autumn is a particularly sublime season in Los Glaciares National Park. Here, in the far southern extremes of Argentina, the burnished autumn foliage contrasts with jagged Andean peaks that are already frosted with snow. The highest of these – Mount Fitz Roy – reflects in the still waters of a lake near the village of El Chaltén.
Although Fitz Roy’s first sighting by a European explorer was recorded in 1783, the summit wasn’t reached until two French alpinists conquered it in 1952. The highest of this massif’s peaks reaches above 3,350 metres. But it’s not so much the elevation that kept people from reaching the top – Himalayan summits can tower twice as high – instead it’s Fitz Roy’s sheer granite cliff faces and the region’s high winds that are said to make the ascent more difficult than tackling the mighty Everest.mount fitz roy – Bing
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Gallery: Photo workshops – Autumn Patagonia
Gallery from Arabic site: Bandera del Municipio de El Chaltén – el chaltin – wikipedia
Its peaks are like stone needles and easily distinguished in mountain photos or postcards. And, precisely because of its fickle form, every year many climbers come to its base, to climb to the summit. The Tehuelche Indians called it “Chaltén” “the mountain that smokes”, because its peaks were usually covered by clouds that gave the impression of being an active volcano. Today, this challenge for climbers and tourists is called Fitz Roy.
Like the Perito Moreno glacier, the mountain is part, of the Los Glaciares National Park. To get there, you must go to El Chaltén, located at its feet, a few kilometers from the border with Chile. El Chaltén is the youngest town in Argentina and was created to reaffirm the sovereignty of the country over the continental ice in the area.
Myths, legends and history of the area
There is little evidence of aboriginal presence in the El Chaltén area, northwest of Lake Viedma. But Tehuelche mythology and Tehuelche – Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino Chile’s Indigenous Peoples – Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino tells that young Elal, fleeing from the wrath of his father, reached the top of a hill on the back of a swan. Afterward, it took him four days to descend. On the way he was attacked by Shie and Kokesne, spirits of snow and cold, he drove them away with the fire created by striking flints.
Cleverly he overcame all the difficulties presented to him, until he reach the foot of the mountain. There he gathered a group of hospital tehuelches with whom he lived until becoming a man.
In gratitude, he taught them to use a bow and arrow and how to light the fire. Since then, the beautiful hill was called Chaltén or “smoking mountain”, by the effect produced by the wind pushing the clouds, and was considered sacred by the tehuelches. Today it is the main symbol on the shield of Santa Cruz..[..] Original page in Spanish The stone needles of Fitz Roy, a challenge for climbers – El Chaltén, Patagonia, Argentina.