After hiking for four hours in total darkness from the village of El Chaltén in Argentine Patagonia, I arrived at Laguna De Los Tres and settled in for the sunrise. Warm in my sleeping bag, the famed Mount Fitz Roy loomed before me—at first barely visible in the darkness. For the next two hours the granite monoliths and glaciers came to life with the sun, transforming from pink to orange to yellow on this remarkably clear morning. As daylight settled in, the winds died down and produced a perfect reflection in the glassy lake below.
Lily is a native New Yorker with incurable wanderlust. She works seasonally in Antarctica and Alaska, and, fortunately, likes the cold.