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Fitzroy con estrellas y salida de la luna. •
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Fitzroy with the Milky Way and a setting moon.
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Shot on the #nikonz7
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Fitzroy con estrellas y salida de la luna. •

fitzroy with the milky way and a setting moon.


shot on the #nikonz7
4,795 145 18 hours ago
Happy Valentine’s Day to this one! @martinatib. I can’t imagine flying around the sun without ya. And I’m so very excited to see you soon down here in Chalten in a few days.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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Happy valentine’s day to this one! @martinatib. i can’t imagine flying around the sun without ya. and i’m so very excited to see you soon down here in chalten in a few days.
2,592 26 Yesterday
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Straight out of camera from the #nikonz7 - unedited.
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straight out of camera from the #nikonz7 - unedited.
3,483 70 Yesterday
Last nights view of the Fitzroy Massif. With @john.nicolas.rambo •
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This past weather window looked like a tough one for rock climbing. It was too cold at first, so the snow didn’t melt off the routes, and then it was too windy. High winds here are like a warzone by the way. You hit the deck when it comes. 100 mph gusts literally blow you off your feet. So, with rock climbing out, we went on a photo mission instead.
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It took us 2 days to get to the summit of this very obscure peak. We saw the heinously unconsolidated rock-strewn mountainside on day 1, but decided to circumnavigate the peak for a whole day to try to find easier passage. No dice. We camped on a glacier and returned to what may be the chossiest mountainside in all of Patagonian on day 2.  At one point I accidentally knocked a block about the size of a big duffel bag, it ping-ponged down a ramp and narrowly missed Nick. Who dodged and juked and weaved at the last moment. Phew... Scary. he thought he broke his finger but it was just banged up. Four long miles of vertical scrambling on moss hummocks and extremely loose rocky ledge systems later and we were on top. The view was mega. We setup a tent right on the summit and just hung out watching sunset for awhile. •
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The winds hit us very hard on the ridgeline the next day. So we packed up. Carefully. Mechanically. And then down climbed the route. All in all, I think I can safely say it was the worst objective I’ve ever done in Chalten ! Lol. But, in terms of adventure with a good friend, and summit views, it ranks as one of the best outings I’ve had here. It really is true that no matter what you do here in Chalten, if you head out into the mountains, you’re going to have a real adventure.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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Last nights view of the fitzroy massif. with @john.nicolas.rambo

this past weather window looked like a tough one for rock climbing. it was too cold at first, so the snow didn’t melt off the routes, and then it was too windy. high winds here are like a warzone by the way. you hit the deck when it comes. 100 mph gusts literally b**w you off your feet. so, with rock climbing out, we went on a photo mission instead.


it took us 2 days to get to the summit of this very obscure peak. we saw the heinously unconsolidated rock-strewn mountainside on day 1, but decided to circumnavigate the peak for a whole day to try to find easier passage. no dice. we camped on a glacier and returned to what may be the chossiest mountainside in all of patagonian on day 2. at one point i accidentally knocked a block about the size of a big duffel bag, it ping-ponged down a ramp and narrowly missed nick. who dodged and juked and weaved at the last moment. phew... scary. he thought he broke his finger but it was just banged up. four long miles of vertical scrambling on moss hummocks and extremely loose rocky ledge systems later and we were on top. the view was mega. we setup a tent right on the summit and just hung out watching sunset for awhile. •

the winds hit us very h*****n the ridgeline the next day. so we packed up. carefully. mechanically. and then down climbed the route. all in all, i think i can safely say it was the worst objective i’ve ever done in chalten ! lol. but, in terms of adventure with a good friend, and summit views, it ranks as one of the best outings i’ve had here. it really is true that no matter what you do here in chalten, if you head out into the mountains, you’re going to have a real adventure.
4,048 131 2 days ago
Bad weather here for the next few weeks. Sitting in my self-imposed edit cave :) — what do ya think of this edit style? A sort of colorized black and white. •
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Vitaliy on approach to a moody Fitz. Shot on the #nikonz7.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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Bad weather here for the next few weeks. sitting in my self-imposed edit cave :) — what do ya think of this edit style? a sort of colorized black and white. •

vitaliy on approach to a moody fitz. shot on the #nikonz7.
4,118 119 6 days ago
I wanted to be real here for a minute, and share some thoughts about risk & safety in the Chalten Massif. I’m worried that my images and stories may create the illusion that this place is ‘accessible’, and may inspire ppl to come down here without realizing the risks.
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The truth is, there is no rescue here. No high angle rescue team. No dedicated helicopter. No funded program for search and rescue. This isn’t Yosemite.
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This season has seen more than its fair share of accidents and death. Two Brazilians and a man from the Czech Republic all died from hypothermia while rappelling Fitz during the last window. Hypothermia comes on quick in freezing rain & high winds. Pretty soon you can’t pull ropes, or use your belay device. The Czech man was just hanging there, above us, as we traversed over to the Californiana. A foreboding start to the route… The Brazilian’s were buried under rocks by their compatriots the day before we got up there. It appears they got their rope stuck on the last rappel, and couldn’t get down from La Brecha. One of the Brazilians stayed alive for 3 days, sending text messages. The weather made it impossible to get to him in time. A rescue was organized but one of the rescuers took a 50 foot fall into a lake, breaking many bones in his body. They had to retreat. The whole thing is just so sad.
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We learned of two massive rescue operations in the Torres after coming back to town. A Japanese team had a simul-rappeling accident. One man fell 100 feet, while rappelling from the top of a Rafael Juarez. His partner stayed with him all night, and then went down in the morning to find help. Miraculously, he ran into two of his friends, as well as Jason Lakey, an ER trauma Nurse and Jim Reynolds a top Yosemite Search and Rescue professional. They were packed and ready to go up a different route, but just made a slight left and focused on saving the Japanese man’s life instead. It took 40 people about 2 days to get him down from the rock wall. This was the first successful high-angle rescue ever to take place in El Chalten. He’s going to live, and from the sound of it, will have minimal long-term damage. Total miracle.
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Read on in the comments.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
@tedhesser
I wanted to be real here for a minute, and share some thoughts about risk & safety in the chalten massif. i’m worried that my images and stories may create the illusion that this place is ‘accessible’, and may inspire ppl to come down here without realizing the risks.


the truth is, there is no rescue here. no high angle rescue team. no dedicated helicopter. no funded program for search and rescue. this isn’t yosemite.


this season has seen more than its fair share of accidents and death. two brazilians and a man from the czech republic all died from hypothermia while rappelling fitz during the last window. hypothermia comes on quick in freezing rain & high winds. pretty soon you can’t pull ropes, or use your belay device. the czech man was just hanging there, above us, as we traversed over to the californiana. a foreboding start to the route… the brazilian’s were buried under rocks by their compatriots the day before we got up there. it appears they got their rope stuck on the last rappel, and couldn’t get down from la brecha. one of the brazilians stayed alive for 3 days, sending text messages. the weather made it impossible to get to him in time. a rescue was organized but one of the rescuers took a 50 foot fall into a lake, breaking many bones in his body. they had to retreat. the whole thing is just so sad.


we learned of two massive rescue operations in the torres after coming back to town. a japanese team had a simul-rappeling accident. one man fell 100 feet, while rappelling from the top of a rafael juarez. his partner stayed with him all night, and then went down in the morning to find help. miraculously, he ran into two of his friends, as well as jason lakey, an er trauma nurse and jim reynolds a top yosemite search and rescue professional. they were packed and ready to go up a different route, but just made a slight left and focused on saving the japanese man’s life instead. it took 40 people about 2 days to get him down from the rock wall. this was the first successful high-angle rescue ever to take place in el chalten. he’s going to live, and from the sound of it, will have minimal long-term damage. total miracle.

read on in the comments.
3,266 93 1 weeks ago
Beam me back to earth. I fell into a dream state.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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Beam me back to earth. i fell into a dream state.
3,246 42 2 weeks ago
We climbed Fitz! Via the ultra classic and historic Californiana route. This has been a dream of mine for longer than I can remember. To put it in perspective, only a few people summit Fitz each year, while Everest typically see’s hundreds of ascents each year. It’s a huge and technical mountain, with complex terrain demanding all types of climbing skill sets. Ice, mixed, rock. It has it all.

Thanking the weather gods for allowing us this amazing window. I will share more images and stories over the coming days!
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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We climbed fitz! via the ultra classic and historic californiana route. this has been a dream of mine for longer than i can remember. to put it in perspective, only a few people summit fitz each year, while everest typically see’s hundreds of ascents each year. it’s a huge and technical mountain, with complex terrain demanding all types of climbing skill sets. ice, mixed, rock. it has it all.

thanking the weather gods for allowing us this amazing window. i will share more images and stories over the coming days!
5,040 178 2 weeks ago
Maybe the most epic sunrise I’ve ever seen. •
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Taken this morning, on a photo mission in the Fitzroy Range. We woke up at 2:30am to hike 10 miles. Originally aiming for Cerro Madson, up above Lagos De Los Tres, we quickly realized that fresh snow on the trail would slow us down a bit more than anticipated, and we might miss sunrise if kept going up the hill. So we back tracked a bit to a nice bend in this stream, and waited for the show to begin. •
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Side note, I don’t think I’ve ever posted anything this purple before. And while I’ve seen shots like this from the Fitzroy range, I’ve always assumed they were heavily photoshopped. Well now I know, it is actually this purple down here. Only for the briefest of moments during sunrise, but yes the color is real. What a marvel.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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Maybe the most epic sunrise i’ve ever seen. •

taken this morning, on a photo mission in the fitzroy range. we woke up at 2:30am to hike 10 miles. originally aiming for cerro madson, up above lagos de los tres, we quickly realized that fresh snow on the trail would slow us down a bit more than anticipated, and we might miss sunrise if kept going up the hill. so we back tracked a bit to a nice bend in this stream, and waited for the show to begin. •

side note, i don’t think i’ve ever posted anything this purple before. and while i’ve seen shots like this from the fitzroy range, i’ve always assumed they were heavily photoshopped. well now i know, it is actually this purple down here. only for the briefest of moments during sunrise, but yes the color is real. what a marvel.
4,402 167 3 weeks ago
Getting psyched. A weather window is approaching. •
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Playing the waiting game here in town a few more days. Not festering too much but maybe a little. Going back and forth on weather and route conditions. A classic Chalten experience. Practicing the dark arts of predicting the future. Trying to make the right decision ahead of time. Safety and success depends on good judgement. Tricky tricky.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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Getting psyched. a weather window is approaching. •

playing the waiting game here in town a few more days. not festering too much but maybe a little. going back and forth on weather and route conditions. a classic chalten experience. practicing the dark arts of predicting the future. trying to make the right decision ahead of time. safety and success depends on good judgement. tricky tricky.
2,558 47 3 weeks ago
Aguja Poincenot last night. Shot on the new #nikonz7 •
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It’s the simple things in life. Sitting up on a windy hill, drinking a beer with a buddy. Watching the sun set and the hills begin to glow. Feeling alive. •
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We talked about the fragility of life. How we seem to be containers for energy. Energy that nobody really understands. And how we strive to shape the quality of this mysterious force. Molding our little energy vessels into something positive, something that attracts rather than repels. •
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Just a few thoughts on a hill.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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Aguja poincenot last night. shot on the new #nikonz7

it’s the simple things in life. sitting up on a windy hill, drinking a beer with a buddy. watching the sun set and the hills begin to glow. feeling alive. •

we talked about the fragility of life. how we seem to be containers for energy. energy that nobody really understands. and how we strive to shape the quality of this mysterious force. molding our little energy vessels into something positive, something that attracts rather than repels. •

just a few thoughts on a hill.
5,434 148 3 weeks ago
Back in Patagonia!!
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I’ve been taking a break from IG the past few weeks, getting everything in order for the next few months down here. Most importantly, getting a few photography assignments lined up for the trip with @blackdiamond and @nikonusa.
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I am so so stoked. We got off the plane during a brief weather window and immediately hiked a gear cache up to Piedras Negras. The North Pilar of Fitzroy was covered in Rime down to the base. I’ve never seen it that wintery up there. Primal landscape on full display.
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Here’s a shot I took of my climbing partner Nick ( @john.nicolas.rambo ) messing around on some boulders on the hike down.
@tedhesser Ted Hesser
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Back in patagonia!!


i’ve been taking a break from ig the past few weeks, getting everything in order for the next few months down here. most importantly, getting a few photography assignments lined up for the trip with @blackdiamond and @nikonusa.


i am so so stoked. we got off the plane during a brief weather window and immediately hiked a gear cache up to piedras negras. the north pilar of fitzroy was covered in rime down to the base. i’ve never seen it that wintery up there. primal landscape on full display.


here’s a shot i took of my climbing partner nick ( @john.nicolas.rambo ) messing around on some boulders on the hike down.
4,722 116 3 weeks ago