Gran Hotel Pucon
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Roll with the punches
There was a general thankyou to Carol, The Chair, and her subcommittee of Irene, Glenda and Robyn for organizing the party. After a few more drinks and laughs we headed to bed, looking forward to sleeping in and having a wander around the town of Villarrica in the morning.
... better New year eve this time so i was in the way for it. Our hostel was called Nomades. Kinda nice place. Except for the thing that my room was facing the street and the night was very noisy but with some papers in my ears i could handle it :)
Bellavista was a cool town with lots of bars and restaurants. I was surprised that there were like 4 entire blocks full of bars. Not much people ...
... were struggling by the time we were half way up the volcano and they were told to turn back with one of the guides.
It wasn't a particularly strenuous climb, but it was mentally quite exhausting. Every step had to be carefully placed to avoid slips and even though we had an ice axe, we didn't want to be practicing fall recovery for the first time on the steep slopes of the volcano. On the last two stages of the climb, the steepness ...
... the Andes making themselves known above the clouds while we started the ascent kept my mind off the next few hours of impending pain. Having been around mountains a little bit I could see that quick moving cloud means brutal winds at the summit and half way up a few people had to turn back. But not I, with the jeers of friends ringing in my head had I not made it to the top I soldered on, it was a metronomic one step at a time thing, as soon as ...
So Pucòn is a tourist built hot spot on the lake below Volcan Villarrica, one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world. The idea was to climb to the top, look in the crater and slide back down the ice. The first day we got there was raining so we couldn't do much, we wandered round the town and looked at the lake but we couldn't see much. Food and drinks etc were really expensive. Tours were surprisingly reasonable. The second day cleared up so we booked our volcano ...