Expedition Paine Grande - Day 3 Torres Paine
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
300Trip End Nov 04, 2008
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I packed some lunch and started my trek up to Refugio Britanico, not knowing what I would find...
It was only after a few minutes walk that I discovered the attraction of this walk - huge snow avalanches were occuring every few minutes and they could be observed safely from the walk. The shound of each of these avalanches was amazing, similar to thunder. I added a video of one of them in Day 5 of this blog
Strangely also, the pain had reduced quite a lot (I managed to sort some problems out with the straps of my rucksack) and the blisters were still there, but the Nivea cream was doing wonders in reducing the friction.
After a good 3 hours walk I reached the top of the path (most people stay 1 kilometre below) and without anyone else walking around for a good 30 minutes, I enjoyed one of the best sceneries I have been at in the mountains. A practical 360 surround of high mountains covered in snow, with cascades, forrests and avalanches, and the clouds scraping the top of the cliffs. The pictures will do better justice to the place...
The picture of the my right foot also describes some of the pains at this stage...
The afternoon was simple with a short 2 hour walk to Campamento Paine Grande which would be the third and final base camp in the "W" trek. Luckily I managed to arrive just before the strong winds started, with 70km speeds which made walking tough and dangerous at points...
Little else to add, except that the camp had hot water showers...open 24 hours a day! And believe me I did not stop at the first shower...