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11-Jul-2017

Glacier Benito Revisited

General Information

Glacier Benito is a west flowing outlet glacier of the North Patagonian Icefield in Southern Chile, 47S, 74W. It was studied over a five month period in 1972/1973 by a British Joint Services Expedition which was based in Kelly Inlet (Abra Kelly). In 2007, Martin Sessions took a team back to Kelly Inlet and Glacier Benito but circumstances prevented that team from penetrating up the glacier to repeat survey work undertaken in 1973. In 2011, Martin with Olaf and Peter travelled overland from Laguna San Rafael to the glacier and then up the lower reaches of glacier to repeat some of the 2007 survey work. One objective was not achieved on this trip, so in 2017 Martin, Olaf, Mark, Marcos and Johnny went by helicopter to the middle zone of the Glacier for six days.

Location and Changes Summary

            Changes - Last Updated: 16AUG2013

History of Visits

            2017 Expedition Journal - Last Updated: 26APR2017 - What a stunning backdrop to the Glacier!

            2011 Expedition Journal - Last Updated: 29MAR2011 - Well worth the look!

Paper on Glacier Benito

            Post-1850 changes in Glacier Benito, North Patagonian Icefield, Chile

1972 2007
Where has the glacier gone?

1972 2007

Map of Northern Patagonian Icefield


Sketch Map of NPI (1972)