Aguja Poincenot (left), Patagonia
Aguja Poincenot (left), Patagonia

Aguja Poincenot, Fitz Roy’s Neighbor (Pic du Jour)

This is the east face of Aguja Poincenot, a granite spire that stabs the sky at 3,002m (9,849ft) above Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. Aguja means needle. There is a slight resemblance.

It’s part of the Fitz Roy massif that sits on the Chilean-Argentine border near the town of El Chalten. Patagonia’s emblematic Mt. Fitz Roy is Poincenot’s closest neighbor. Here it’s shrouded by clouds to the right.

The peak, which was first scaled in 1962 by Don Whillans of the UK and Frank Cochrane of Ireland, was named to honor French alpinist Jacques Poincenot who drowned in the Fitz Roy River in 1951 when he was part of a Mt. Fitz Roy expedition.

Later this week I’ll be posting several more photos and a brief video from a day hike in this area.

February 2013
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