Monday, June 28, 2010

Penitentes in Aconcagua - highest mountain in South America

Penitentes are dazzling natural-forming ice columns, or more accurately ice blades, that stick up at sharp angles towards the sun. Rarely found except at high altitudes, they can grow taller than a human and form in vast fields.

The following 4 photos were taken by me in Jan 2009 on a mountain slope somewhere between "Plaza Argentina" base camp and high-camp 1, in Argentina's Mt Aconcagua - highest mountain in South America.

First, an entire slope of penitentes with a trail through it

On the slope now

More of the tall penitentes

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