Traces of Ice

Andesfueguina, Mountaineering and Environmental Education

Marcelo Noria

SUMMARY

Twice a year a multidisciplinary team embarks on a study that seeks to answer, among other questions, how the climate interacts with the mountain ranges and what has been the ice dynamics experienced by the glaciers of the Southern Andes as a result. In these inhospitable places, the teams take samples, take measurements and collect data from remote sensors for glaciological and climatic modeling. The beacons installed at a depth of 12 meters protrude one meter every month.

According to the 2011 DGA report, the Schiaparelli glacier retreated 821 meters between 1956 and 2005. The field visits involve navigation through the Strait of Magellan sailing from Punta Arenas, 12 to 18 hours to reach the destination, then a camp on the coast in the middle of evergreen forests and thorny bushes, then carrying equipment and setting up a “high camp”, finally approaching the ice, through steep terrain of indescribable beauty, taking data, moving on the glacier and camping in the wild is part of this extreme experience in one of the least explored places in the “World”.