Walk on the wild side

Trip Start Dec 07, 2010
Trip End Jan 14, 2011

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Where I stayed
Hosteria Fitzroy

Flag of Argentina  , Santa Cruz,
Monday, December 20, 2010

El Chalten = An 8 am departure for what could be an 8 hour trekking day but will the weather lift? Awoke to a rainy and still windy morning.

We opted for the 35 peso per person (NZ$12 or US$9) transfer by van up the valley road and this was a relief. With the wind forecast to be from the north, this meant we would be walking one way back to El Chalten with the wind more or less behind us. If we had not decided on the transfer, it would have meant walking uphill into the driving wind and rain which would have been most uncomfortable so in my opinion 35 pesos each was well spent.

The 20 minute drive reminded me so much of the South Island and once walking amongst the beech trees and old man’s beard lichen reinforced this. While the light rain was on and off, most opted to be fully kitted out in their wet weather leggings and top. As for me, my 2 layers of merino and pile jacket was enough for now. Soon the fleece beanie and then the fingerless gloves were on. The rain became heavier and I eventually succumb to being fully kitted in rain wear. The rain driven by the wind then became not vertical but near horizontal. The day was meant to be walking 8 hours to the base of Mt Fitzroy but with the worsening weather condition did not make the last hour climb up to the Laguna de los Tres to see this magnificent mountain from the lake shore. So that was a major highlight of this trip not achieved through to mother nature intervention. Perhaps I need to return another year? At least we clearly saw the mountain tops yesterday as we drove in.

So by 2 pm we had made it back to El Chalten as drown rats, boots soaked throughout and now the hotel dining area looks like a laundry with clothes strung out to try and dry a bit for tomorrow.
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