Does half a "W"make a "V"??
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 265
Temperature : Variable from cold to freezing to warm to hot
Weather : Just as variable from snow and rain to sunshine
Camping always sounds like a great idea....until you realise just how much you have to carry! Sleeping bag, mat, liner, waterproofs, trekking towel, bare essential toiletries, loo roll, food for 4 days, stove, water bottle, spoons, forks, knives, bowls, camera, spare clothes and tent...although Kevin carried the tent! I wish I could have weighed my rucksack to find out how much I was carrying, because it really didn't feel that much lighter than it normally does, and that's about 14kg!
We ended up doing half of the W trek in Torres del Paine....but that wasn't because our legs were knackered, we were exhausted from no sleep, our feet had blisters, the weather was crap, and it was much harder than we thought it would be....all of which is completely true. It was because we genuinely had to cut short our time in the park because we had a last minute change of plans and had to get down to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego before the 8th of this month....more to come on that later!
The park is trully beautiful, perhaps even more impressive than El Chalten if that could at all be possible! But the walking is tough, not only because a lot of it is scrambling up or down over boulders and rocks and scree, but also because you are carrying a lot of weight on your back. It's exhausting! I really wish that we had booked to stay in the Refugios...it would have made the experience much more enjoyable. Of course, if you are a hard core trekker and used to carrying all your stuff, then you won't have any problems...but for us, camping rather than paying for refugios and hence saving money, seemed like a good idea, until about an hour into our trek!! Then we realised that we should have taken the easy, but more expensive option of carrying only a day bag, and sleeping in a proper bed, with showers and toilets and all the comforts for light weights like us!
We spent most of our time in the French Valley, which is supposed to be one of the prettiest areas in the park. It truly was spectacular, despite the terrible weather. I think it would unbelievably stunning if you were fortunate to have clear skies...but unfortunately, that's only a matter of luck.
Anyway, I'll leave the photos to do the talking, and leave you all with a hint of why we had to cut short our time in the park....
Big boat through the Beagle Channel, across the Drake Passage, to somewhere very cold, and very white!!!