Hiking in Patgonia
Trip Start Jan 17, 2012
10Trip End Apr 05, 2012
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After flying from Santiago to Punto Arenas, then taking a three hour bus ride to Puorto Natales we found a place in an empty hostel where the silent proprietress lit our heater only on request (in a place where Penguins live nearby) with a piece of cardboard. Unfortunately it soon smelled like gas in the room and we realized that the heater had gone out. We shut it off and opened the window; luckily each bed had 8 wool blankets and we were warn as long as we were under the covers.
The next day after renting the appropriate tents sleeping bags etc, we headed out on another three hour bus journey into the park
The towers (Torres) were pretty spectacular, but maybe even more so in their context. Throughout the course of the hike, every way you turned or corner you passed you felt you could be in a different continent. Look one direction and there are towering stone spikes, across the valley imposing black streaked mountains, down the valley rolling hills of scrubby multi-colour bushes and lakes of varying shades of blue, and under your feet giant rubbly rock tossed there by a glacier.
The towers and mountains where amazing, the long hikes along lakes were so that they were enjoyable for hours even with a heavy pack, and Glacier Grey at the end was massive and impressive, but I think for me the most surprising thing that I enjoyed experiencing the regular rumble of avalanches. Oliver and I were hiking up to the French Valley and we heard a distant rumble
Overall, it was a challenging, fun, and generally mind blowing experience. And for those of you interested, no, we didn’t stay at the same hostel on the way back. We stayed at a different one, where the worker showed us our gas heater, but refused to help us light it since he had already burned himself on it earlier. We lit the little gas stove sitting directly on the carpet successfully, but decided to turn it off before we slept.