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WALKS AND CIRCUITS YOU CAN DO FROM THE REFUGE HUT

GLACIER TRACK

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Glaciar Hielo Azul

 

GLACIER TRACK

This is a three to four hours walk. There is no need to take your backpack as you return to the refuge hut by the same route.

 

Camino al Glaciar del Hielo Azul El Bolson

 

The glacier cannot be seen from the refuge (west side) though you can clearly see the track that goes to the lagoon that surrounds it.

Camino al Glaciar del Hielo Azul El Bolson Patagonia

Hielo Azul Base, as the glacier is named, is located 1700 meters above sea level.

Llegando al Glaciar del Hielo Azul

The track is different to the one used to climb to the refuge. From the refuge onwards, the tall woods come to an end and you walk over stony ground so the way will be rougher.

Glaciar del Hielo Azul El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

The whole track is marked with red and yellow dots painted over stones and yellow and orange small flags for the last 500 meters.

Glaciar del Hielo Azul El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

Walk rating: Difficult to really difficult, depending on the hiker’s experience. We recommend you go to the refuge and ask for information from the refuge keepers before climbing.

 

 

Additional information

“Hielo Azul” = Blue Ice in english

 

The snow when it falls is white, light and porous, as everybody has almost had opportunity to observe. A snowflake has the characteristic hexagonal crystal form that has become the well-known symbol of the cold.

 

Refugio del Hielo Azul

Refuge Hielo Azul in winter 2005

 

When the fallen snow receives more and more snow layers raise, it is compacted, that is to say, it is having less air, with which it stops being spongy to become nevizca, hard snow.

 

Pared lateral Refugio Hielo Azul

Snow compacting itself in the sidewall of refuge. El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

 

If the process of snow accumulation continues, the part of down supports more and more weight, with which every time is more compact transforming itself little by little into ice, almost without air.

 

Hielo Azul El Bolson

Glacier Hielo Azul

 

To this process the fact that helps in the surface there is snow that is based, transforming itself into water that when falling towards the interior of the glacier occupies the place of the air and it becomes to fuse.

 

Glaciar Hielo Azul El Bolson

It cracks in the Glacier of Hielo Azul

 

This first ice that still contains much air denominates white ice and is similar to which there is in our refrigerators.

 

When the compression and the fusion of the ice and recrystallization advance, the ice of the bottom of the glacier is transformed into blue ice, almost without air, for that reason it has east color and with plastic properties. One behaves like a fluid, in spite of being a solid.

 

In the cracks, in seracs or icebergs this color can be seen clearly.

 

Glaciar del Cajon de Azul

View of the glacier of Hielo Azul y the lagoon | El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

 

Glaciar del Hielo Azul El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

View of the glacier of Hielo Azul y the lagoon | El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

 

Glaciar del Hielo Azul El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

View of the glacier of Hielo Azul y the lagoon | El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

 

Glaciar del Hielo Azul El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

View of the glacier of Hielo Azul y the lagoon | El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

 

Glaciar del Hielo Azul, El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

Walking on ice watter of the glacier of Hielo Azul | El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

 

Glaciar Hielo Azul El Bolson

Frozen vegetation, survives every winter | El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

 

Glaciar Hielo Azul El Bolson

As they see the plant arises from the ice without marchitar itself | El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

 

Desague del Glaciar del Hielo Azul El Bolson

Water-drainage of the glacier that forms a cascade | El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

 

Laguna del Glaciar del Hielo Azul El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

behind the lagoon, the crests of distant mountains | El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

 

El Glaciar del Hielo Azul El Bolson

 

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El Bolson es una localidad de aproximadamente 30.000 habitantes ubicada al SO de la Pcia. de Rio Negro y en plena region boscosa andino patagonica argentina ( C.P. ARN8430  Caracteristica telefonica: 02944 ) Turismo: Agroturismo, turismo aventura, montañismo, campamentismo, esqui, turismo rural. Informes Turisticos: 02944 455336, Municipalidad: 02944 492204 Correo: 02944 492231 - Juzgado de Paz: 02944 492370 | Refugio Hielo Azul El Bolson Patagonia Argentina

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Recommendations:

Do not get near the front glacier walls. Do not walk over the glacier without ice equipment. At the beginning of summer the lagoon might be covered with snow and ice. Do not walk over it because its strength gets weaker every day. Climb and return along the same marked track. Do not climb mountain faces. If you are having to climb you are on the wrong track. Just go back to the nearest painted mark and return to the track.

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