Torres del Paine- The "W" Part III
Trip Start Jun 27, 2008
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My body is beyond sore at this point and I am looking forward to sleeping in a bed tonight. Every morning our sleeping bags would be slightly damp because it would rain throughout the night.
The last two days of the trek were outstanding and unforgettable. They were also very physically challenging and I am pretty proud that I was able to do as much as we did! I remember after only the first 24 minutes (I knew the time because I had checked my watch,) that I had considered turning around and simply doing day hikes because my backpack was so heavy and I knew that this was going to be extremely challenging. That seems like such a long time ago- and I will tell you, after the first hour it was all downhill from there. (Not literally!)
I am in absolute awe at the beauty that exists in this world. The serenity and the peacefulness of the wilderness is something that I can not ever grow tired of. There were so many countless moments where I would look around me in utter amazement... and I was constantly being blown away by the magnificence of it all.
I have to tell you one little story about today's trek... Hilary and I had already decided to catch the 8pm bus back to Puerto Natales, but I am quite certain that if we hadn't made that decision we would have called it a day after the river crossing we had to make!
Last night it rained and rained and rained. The paths were quite muddy and there were a few small streams that we had to cross by hopping along exposed rocks. That wasn't a big deal because we had to do that throughout the past four days.
However... we were NOT prepared to cross a river that was divided into two sections. Most of the rivers had bridges built to make the crossings easy and more importantly, safe. There was one river that we had to cross today that was obviously much bigger because of all the rains that we had last night. It took us over 30 minutes to figure out where it would even be possible to cross. Even when we had determined where it might be possible, it still took us another couple of minutes to conjure up enough courage to attempt the crossing!
I can only be thankful that the river was divided into two sections because that meant we had a bit of a break in between leaping from rock to rock. I don't think I would have made it if it had been one big river. Really... I don't think I could have made it. I don't know if there was ever a time I was more terrified in my life... it was THAT scary! I do not doubt for a moment that if we had slipped or missed a rock that at best we would come away with broken bones. No joke.
That said, I made it safe and sound! After we crossed the river Hilary and I had to sit down for about 20 minutes because we were both a bit freaked out, to say the least!!!
I not only take away a sincere appreciation for the beauty of this world, I also leave with the absolute knowledge that the forces of nature can not be taken lightly!