Hosteria El Pionero
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- Continental Breakfast
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... the hassle of lugging all this winter kit around scorched Patagonia for the last 3 weeks was to be smugly rewarded.
A slight issue was that the ezi-pak light-weight waterproof trousers (possibly my late mother’s) didn't quite meet the BSI impermeability standard. And my ordinary trousers were already soaked anyway. So I gambled on receiving a calorific benefit from the dual-trouser arrangement of wearing both.
... equator of course. I guess Antarctica is big.
We were dropped at Aeroporto Puerto Montt by John and Marilyne, after a tour of the city, and enjoyed an uneventful flight to Punta Arenas. Somehow in the dark in a beat up Yaris we managed to find our hostel, Patagonia B & B which was basic, very pleasant and empty. Only one trip the wrong way on a one way street, but no one perished. We found our way, walking this time, to Bernard O'Higgins street, ...
... Gray back through the exposed mirador section with crazy strong winds. The highlight was actually the French Valley on Day 3, not just because we left our packs at the bottom and walked with ease up the valley, but the scenery all along that section is stunning, massive contrast from either side, the snow covered black mountains on one, the impending sheer big walls on the other, stunning! This scenery had set a benchmark, which was going to be hard to beat! ...
... for the campsite myself, Andy and another trekker, the trial started to get steeper and rockier after 10 minutes we asked some trekkers coming down if there was a campsite, no.... We were on the trial to see the Torres. Coming back down we had missed two large markers showing the way to the campsite, the blatant things you miss when you tired. But we had made awesome time, we crushed in fact doing the section in 5 hours 40 minutes, getting at camp before 4pm.
... jump and vault onto the riverbank. Andy followed, and repeated the jump movement. With our feet soaked through, we were unhindered when it came to pools and minor river crossings. Rather than using stepping stones preplaced by previous trekkers we stomped straight through, we couldn't get any wetter.
The trek to the mirador was expected to take 3 hours, reversing this took us to 6 hours, and we still had to pack the tent down, pack our bags, then hike for 2 hours ...