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Travel Blogs from Pucon
... looked impossibly dangerous as we were making our ascent with crampons and ice axes. We had to sit on a thin piece of plastic the size of a pizza box, and brake with our ice axe while trying to avoid exposed boulders on the mountainside. It was the best sledding we have ever experienced and vastly better than the prospect of having to walk back down on our weary legs. Yesterday, on our final full day in Pucon, we were able to hike around the national park on the other side ...
... took it over a v.tiring steep ascent. It was all legs from there though and surprisingly the first bit up the black gravel of the volcano was the hardest as our bodies started asking us questions regarding the cheques we were cashing. After only half an hour we were putting on crampons (best invention ever) and starting in the snow. It's very daunting looking up at where you're about to go but at the same time if you look down 5 minutes later you're surprised at how far ...
... thrown around quite a bit despite our packs being around 17-20kgs!! Met some cool people tho. People from NYC seem to be consistently cool.
The landscapes went from (another) glacier, through a valley with huge ice-covered mountain where huge chunks fell away to finally the massive granite 'fingers of the Torres'.
On the last day we made the sunrise summit leaving our cold tent at 4:40am. We climbed straight up and waited. It was ...
... back in at 3:30am having
completely forgotten where the campsite was. They couldn’t remember what it was
called either so apparently just kept asking people around town where the
campsite was, and it seems as though there are quite a few here! The ended up
in the lake at some point too, so a rowdy night all told!
Still, we have no activities planned for tomorrow, so a lazy
day to nurse our sore heads should sort us out.
... time we were there. Actually, that is a lie. There were about 4 hours of "decent" weather when we arrived, and we went on an excursionn to some of the volcano caaves that have been made by the lava from previous erruptions. It was kind of interesting. We wanted to horseback ride since it wasnīt raining and the forecast was calling for rain, but it couldnīt be arranged in time. The next day we wanted to horseback ride, but ...