Perito Moreno Glacier
The awesome ice face of the Perito Moreno Glacier
2/28 & 3/1/2002; 50º27' south- El Calafate, Argentina. Rode 16km unloaded from campground to glacier & back.
Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by entropy- that is to say watching things fall apart. Building Lincoln log cabins was fun, but bombarding them with catapults was even more fun. For anyone with such a fascination, a visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier is mandatory. The glacier ends just 300m from the lookout in a wall of ice 60m high. Large pieces of the glacier periodically calv off into Lago Argentino; some as large as a 20 story building. The explosive force and noise are awesome. It used to be that one could stand on the shore of the lake closer to the ice face, but after 38 people died in 20 years from ice shrapnel and large waves, the park service decided to make a lookout higher up and further away.