Torres del Paine Part II
Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
50Trip End Dec 16, 2008
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The trail itself isn't terribly difficult on it's own, but we typically hiked 12 miles a day with heavy packs through every conceivable type of weather: rain, sleet, snow, wind, and sun. Sometimes it would cycle through every flavor in an hour.
We spent a lot of time doing the goretex shuffle.
Most of the time, the trail was wonderful and almost felt like walking through a garden. Other times, we were slogging through mud or snow. Occasionally we'd have to cross a boulder field with no idea where the "path" was supposed to be.
For the most part, the trail was well defined, or marked by orange spots painted on trees or rocks. If it became unclear which way to go, you just had to find next orange spot.
The suspension bridges sounded like a good idea, but they would swing impressively in the wind. I actually preferred the logs.
"Could you carry some of this fuel? My pack is so much heavier than yours."
"Well, I didn't want to run out."
"Let's throw 2 tanks away and carry 2 for the rest of the trip".
"No way - those were expensive."
I also had 18lbs of oatmeal in my pack.
"This is way too much oatmeal - we only need to feed 3 people for 3 breakfasts." I said. "Let's only take half of that."
"OK - you carry it, then."
"No way - your pack is way lighter than mine." Justin said.
"That's because you're taking three pair of shoes." I exasperated.
I ended up carrying the oats... and although I never said "I told you so", I did make it Justin's job to try and give away the 25 extra bowels of oatmeal we had every morning.
We actually ate pretty well. For example, the second night, I made a smoked salmon pasta with procino mushroom and rosemary sauce,
"You used way too much sea salt in this - I can't get a good sense for the rosemary." Justin complained.
"Give me a %&$@ing break" another backpacker quipped over his mug of instant soup. "I'll eat it."
Where I stayed
Refugio Los Cuernos