American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

South America, Argentine–Chilean Patagonia, Southern Pantagonian Icecap, North-South Traverse

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  • Publication Year: 1986

Southern Patagonian Icecap, North-South Traverse. Italian Giuliano Giongo made a solo traverse of the Southern Patagonian Icecap (Hielo Continental) from north to south, a distance of some 400 kilometers. He started on July 21 at Río Pascua and worked his way south, hoping to get to the Straits of Magellan. From the report we received, it is hard to know what his final goal was. On August 14 when he figured he was still two days from his destination, about as far south as Fiordo Calvo, he fell 20 meters into a crevasse. He lay there two days without food. Thinking he could pull the sled into the crevasse so that he could at least die with a full stomach, he pulled on the sled rope. It was frozen into the snow and with it he extricated himself. It took him a number of days more, while he ate roots and leaves and pulled himself along often crawling, before he reached civilization by traveling east to Lago Argentino.

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