Torres Del Paine--Day 2: Refugio Cuernos

Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
Trip End Jan 01, 2010

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Flag of Chile  , Patagonia,
Sunday, December 20, 2009

No wind to speak of today, thank goodness. We walked about 5.5 hours along glacial Lago Nordenskjold around the base of Los Cuernos--"The Horns," another set of torres. On the mountains are large snowfields and hanging glaciers. As they melt they form high waterfalls that drop into streams that we cross every so often. Lots of heather and other shrubs blooming. It was not a difficult walk, although there were some steep sections. They donīt know what switchbacks are here. Mary Ellen has a purple top that matches the rings around her eyes. Her sunglasses (which she was able to bend back into shape) hide most of the swelling, but not the regular glasses she wears indoors. 

Refugio Cuernos is beautifully situated facing the craggy Horns with two walls of glass providing great views.

Tomorrow will be a long day as we plan a side trip up the French Valley to see the face of the glacier there; it may be 9 or 10 hours of walking.
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