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Mount Bolsón (III).

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The fact is that blizzards and storms are quite common in the area, even during the austral summer. Mount Bolsón is exactly in the middle of the Andes, measuring the distance from East to West. In other words, it lies at the backbone of this long range, and albeit it is not one of the highest, its position and shape are such that all clouds going eastwards from the Pacific ocean just hit it before any other mountain nearby.

The result is that all local storms start there before anywhere else, and during any summer week you can witness blizzards, rain and snow falling over you, and even lightnings, and this happens there even when the weather remains relatively good just a few kilometres away in any direction.

Mount Bolsón.
Mount Bolsón as seen from the West.

The whole Valdivian forests that cover the Patagonian Andes, both in Argentina and Chile subsist thanks to the snow and rain of these storms - in fact, these are sub polar rainforest -, but in some areas the storms become particularly acute.

Thanks to these local weather conditions, crossing the Glacier of Tears has to be carefully planned, because once you leave Waldorf and the forest located there, you have no protection whatsoever from the weather until you reach Los Rizos Lake, on the other side of Mount Bolsón.

Mount Bolsón.
A view from Mount Gea of the upper part of the glacier of Mount Bolsón.

Los Rizos Lake also has a forest, and we have built a whole base there for our trips to the deeper parts of the Blanco region, but the way from Waldorf to Los Rizos takes between one and two full days during which many things can change, especially the weather.

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