‘Boom!’ goes the glacier [ 7 of 11 ]

Sometimes it’s nice to just chill out for a day after strenuous hikes and planning. So we went into town and got some waffles, coffee and pastries. We have been eating a lot of pasta and bread. A lot. And so this was a nice change to have some eggs for breakfast! We even whipped out some Uno.

Then we decided not to be total bums and get out to see the Perito Moreno Glacier. It’s not the largest glacier, but it’s got the biggest span that you can see from the front. It’s about 3.5 miles across and 60m high. Cham said something that captured it’s vastness well…

When you look directly straight into the glacier, the glacier takes up your entire peripheral.

Not to mention we also saw some calving!!! First you hear crackling, then you start seeing small shards of ice fall down and then all of a sudden, BOOM it rips apart from itself. The entire fall is a lot louder because of the echo. Our ice climbing instructor gave us a good analogy of how the entire ice field works. It is this huge bathtub and when it gets filled up it starts overflowing off the sides and creates these arms of glaciers in between mountains. That’s how you get the Perito Moreno, Viedma and Upsala glaciers. Apparently the big thing to do out here is to trek across the entire ice field. It takes about 5 days of going through this completely exposed flat area of snow. It’s insane.

Biggest question is, if a glacier falls and nobody hears it, does it still make a sound?


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