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Patagonia Glacier Route: Seven-Day Trail in 13 Hours for New Record

Fernanda Maciel and Kaytlyn Gerbin are two pro runners who tackle one of Patagonia's famous circuits

Hielo Continental is one of the largest icefields in the world and the heart of the Patagonian Andes with the seven-day hiking route. Fernanda Maciel and Kaytlyn Gerbin recently got the speed record for the nearly 80-kilometre route.

“The traverse begins at the Rio Eléctrico bridge, passing by the Paso Marconi Glacier,” said Maciel. “From that point it is another 20 miles on the icefield, navigating infinite crevasses along the most remote part of the route, passing the famous amphitheater Circo de los Altares with the famous big walls of Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and Torre Egger as a backdrop.”

After leaving the Hielo Continental, the route ascends the famous Paso del Viento, passes the Glacier Rio Tunel before crossing another tyrolean traverse and finishing at the entrance of the National Park of Glaciers, for a total of nearly 80 kilometres distance.

“With a total time of 13 hours and 15 minutes, we celebrated a lot, happy with the experience and a new record of this long- awaited crossing through the land of glaciers,” said Maciel. “A truly magic place for us.”

The run is documented in the film Hielo, as the runners “face this wild and remote glacier while running around the iconic mountains of the Torre and Fitzroy Massifs, putting their strength, endurance, and technical abilities to their ultimate test.” View Maciel’s Strava log here.

Hielo Continental FKT