Valle del Frances walk
Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
56Trip End Apr 15, 2010
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Where I stayed
Refugio Paine Grande
I saw some of our Dragoman group at breakfast. Mick gave me his Torres del Paine map so now I would have some idea of where I was going. I unfortunately left mine at the first campground.
on a second hike from the refugio for the second part of the "V." This time I also took a lot of
photos and took longer than the estimated time. First I headed for the Italian campsite sometime after 9 am. I met Mick on the trail at 12:30 and still hadn't reached the Italian campsite area. After finally getting there, I headed to Valle del Frances to the lookout that Mick had mentioned.
I came back to the refugio at 5:45 for a 9 hr day. It was 9 km to the campground and I had gone farther than that, probably at least another km to the outlook and maybe another .5 km beyond that so it was at least a 20 km day. It was quite a day! Today's trail was wetter, muddier and rockier with not so many interesting plants. But it had lots of fantastic views of the mountain peaks all along the way. The river added its interest and there were the brilliant blue glacial lakes as well. There was cloud cover most of the time though.
i stayed over at the
refugio a second night. A new young couple from England were now my roommates and they were very nice too. The woman was extremely outgoing and talkative so we had a pleasant chat. I hadn't brought a book and there was no free reading material lying around at the refugio, so I went to bed at 8:30 pm. I didn't think I would fall asleep right away, but I did.