Martial Glacier

Location location: Ushuaia, Argentina

Look over there!

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

That is the Martial Glacier.

From the top of the glacier you can enjoy amazing views of Ushuaia – the southernmost city in the world.  We climbed this on our first day in Ushuaia over the Easter break.

Danny was feeling in his element as an experienced mountain man.

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

Whereas I was complaining that the chairlift was closed (it only operates in the summer peak season … damn!).

On the bright side, Mother Nature gave us a beautiful snowy backdrop that day – the first snow only arrived the night before.

The first part of the walk was easy enough with beautiful red and golden pine trees lining the way.

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

(Note to self: Need to buy more attractive winter trekking gear)

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

Then came the real climb with snow, ice and serious slope.

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

And strong winds blowing mini snowstorms our way.

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

There was so much snow everywhere it looked like we were walking on the moon.

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

I’m staring out into the distance thinking, “Are we there yet?!”

Occasionally you need to turn around and see the view to remind yourself why you are climbing this monster glacier.

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

Danny led the way to the top.

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

And laughed in victory when he arrived.

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

Why do all boys think they are Superman?

(P.S. This Save the Duck jacket was the best – super technical and unbelievably warm.  North Face quality at a fraction of the price.)

Meanwhile, I was still trudging along and making my way up to the viewpoint.

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

Did a little jump when I finally got there.  Yippee!

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

Strutted my way to the top.

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

Is it just me or do I look like an Ewok from Star Wars?

Finally, the view of Ushuaia as promised.

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

And proof that we stood here at the end of the world.

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

The way down the glacier was a lot quicker.  Basically I just stumbled and rolled down the snow until we reached the bottom.

Here is the view when I fell on my ass (which happened quite a few times actually :p )

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

martial glacier, ushuaia, patagonia, argentina

Plenty more Ushuaia adventures to come in the next few days.  Thanks for reading!

5 thoughts on “Martial Glacier

  1. Thanks Lorraine :) Taking photos was a challenge here – hands were freezing as we took them out of our gloves to take snaps!

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