Trekking in the Andes - Punta Union Pass
Trip Start Sep 16, 2010
38Trip End Jan 18, 2011
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Day two of the Santa Cruz trek began very early, arising at 5:30am to catch up on the time we lost yesterday with the bus/taxi debacle. This day´s aim was to reach the Punta Union Pass which was a whopping 4700m in the mountains, we had quite a way to go. After a hearty pancake breakfast we set off along the valley floor, steadily rising up to the pass. The going was very very tough, mainly uphill and the thin air made talking and even talking a drink of water breathless work. On another note, a stray puppy that was bounding about our camp when we awoke decided to follow us for the entire remaining three days through the mountains and was aptly named 'Rambo´. The final ascent up to the pass was arduous to say the least as the path detoriorated, altitude increased and that familiar lactic acid build up stung the core of our bodies. The view from the top however was spectacular, a full-frontal view of a big eff off snow-capped mountain, glacier and azure lake, plus wider views of many other huge peaks and the wide valled we would be trekking down into - well worth the effort!
The campsite was also most spectacular as it was surrounded by five or six 5000m plus peaks and had a glacial stream running through the middle. The only thing that spoiled it was some dutty, inconsiderate Israelis (sorry wacker!) who just shit evrywhere and made a mess, cocks! That night, because we were camping at 4200m, it got really cold and dark very quickly and was also engulfed by a cloud. The tuna pasta tasted glorious, anything would have, and we crashed at about 7pm for another early rise!
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