The Tronador is undoubtedly the best place in Northern Patagonia to polish glacier maneuvers. It is located in Northern Patagonia, Lake District, 90 km (55 miles) from the city of San Carlos de Bariloche.
Using the Meiling Hut (1,950 m.a.s.l.) as a basis, you will need to walk only a few minutes to reach the glacier ice. The Tronador has several glaciers and three peaks, which provide an ideal field to choose the technical difficulty that is appropriate to each person.
– Techniques for self-arrest and progression in snow. Brief description of cohesion, metamorphism and probable types of avalanche in snow. Snow anchorage and anchor possibilities.
– Placement of crampons and marching on glacier on an ablation area.
– Ice technique: Technique of ten and twelve points, with and without ice axes.
– Ice belaying: Ice anchors, screw placement and snow mushrooms. Anchor possibilities on ice. Placement and passage of a fixed rope in ice and snow. Simultaneous progression or assembly. Rappelling on ice and snow.
– Climbing practice with top rope.
– Glacier progression: Roped teams of three, four and five people.
– Glacier shapes: Types of crevasses. Glacier travel.
– Self-arrest techniques on glacier.
– Crevasse rescue practice: Multiple rescue, rescuing the leader in a roped team of three (conscious).
– Self-rescue practice. Other rescue possibilities.
– Attempt to climb the Pico Argentino as closure of the course.