Grey Glacier Walk

Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
Trip End Apr 15, 2010

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Refugio Paine Grande

Flag of Chile  , Patagonia,
Sunday, March 21, 2010

I was stressed again this morning:  Putting out the stools, starting breakfast, showering, getting packed and taking down the tent for Deb.   She announced this morning that people were getting 2 rolls apiece but only 1 slice of ham and 2 slices of cheese - which went over really one would expect.  I suppose if she hadn't, some people would have gotten no meat or cheese for their 2 rolls.

The catamaran didn't leave until noon.  We took it across Lago Pehoe, another brilliant blue glacial lake, to a lodge and campground:  Refugio Paine Grande.  Some of us are doing a 4 day hike with backpacks, tents, sleeping bags etc.  I opted for the "V" -.2 days of hiking but not pushing myself to go all the way to the ends.  I checked into the refugio and finally  got directions to the Grey Glacier part of the "V" walk.  I started at 2 pm and took lots of photos on the way.  I got to the first glacier overlook at 4:45 pm and back around 7 pm.  I still had a 5 hr hike and got a glimpse of Grey Glacier...I didn't get to see the glacier as it looks in the postcards but I liked the trail very much...lots of interesting plants and flowers....even a bunch of foxglove.  I heard some birds singing and then I saw two and white with red heads, but didnīt get my camera out to photograph them in time.  I am pretty sure they were woodpeckers.  It was very, very windy and I nearly got knocked over by the wind several times.

When I got back I had a cup of hot chocolate here at the refugio to warm up.  It was pricey - about $3 US for a small styrofoam cup from a machine.  I am sharing a room with an older couple from British Columbia-mountain climbers and quite ambitious in their hiking choices.  I think the woman said they had gone 29 km that day. 

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