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The W Track - Final Day

posted on 2019-11-14 21:09:24 in Patagonia

Day 5 Central to Puerto Natales It was a cold night, I woke about 1:30am and thought it was quite brIght so I put my head out of the tent to find out why, the sky was clear and full of stars and an almost full moon shone brightly. On the nearby mountain the snow reflected the moonlight with an eerie cold glow against an almost black backdrop. With a shiver I grabbed another layer to put on, zipped up the tent and made the decision to get up for dawn. At 5:30 I climbed out of the tent to th...

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The W track part 2

posted on 2019-11-13 13:42:14 in Patagonia

Day 3 Italiano to Frances With only a short walk planned for today it was possible to have a more restful start taking our time over breakfast and enjoying a warm tea after another cold night. With our tents packed I noticed a Carancho wander into the shelter. This is quite a big bird to see in a campsite and one to potentially look ok in a photograph, I carefully pulled out the camera and he was off like a shot, not frightened to check for scraps but to shy for a photo. The first part of ...

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The W track

posted on 2019-11-11 10:06:57 in Patagonia

Day 1 to Grey campsite Today was wet, windy and cold, when I say wet i mean it rained from striking camp to setting up, all day every minute. Windy, 70kph winds for most of the walk and a couple of particularly strong gust that actually caught me by surprise and blew my backwards, lucky I was not close to the edge. As for cold maximum of 3c and feels much colder with the biting icy wind. I will be praying it improves tomorrow, I really don’t want another like today it however I fear it will...

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We’re off

posted on 2019-11-10 09:11:28 in Patagonia

Oops!! I wrote the post before leaving for the trek and forgot to post it due to being in  a rush to catch the bus. Back now at least this will give me some time to prepare the next update. Early tomorrow morning we head off to walk half of the Torres Del Paine walk called the “W”. Today has been a busy day, buying bus tickets, supplies, sorting out a change of campsite for the trek, packing and re-packing taking out what we really don’t need and getting in my 10,000 steps to keep my ...

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Puerto Natales challenge continued

posted on 2019-11-05 00:24:37 in Patagonia

The town is laid out in a grid formation with each road being almost dead straight, one half the  town running north-south or east-west The other in a diagonal formation.  Most roads seem to be one way for traffic but on foot it is very easy to navigate. It is also quite a small town so doesn’t take long to get around the entire town even going back and forth through the grid. The town is an eclectic mix of houses and businesses inter mingled with each other. The businesses squeezed i...

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Puerto Natales challenge

posted on 2019-11-04 01:15:51 in Patagonia

1 month today since my arrival in Santiago, one thing I am very pleased to say is that time has not flown by. When I reflect of the past month it seems like we have been traveling a long time with all we have seen so far. So what now?......I have a few days around town, what shall I do? As a major tourist town for the Torres Del Paine track - and not much else, most people arrive and frequent the restaurants, coffee shops, camping stores and travel centres while waiting to trek or returning...

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Puerto Natales

posted on 2019-11-03 00:45:45 in Patagonia

Today was the day we were supposed to start the “O” walk in Torres Del Paine. Unfortunately Thomas’s knee is far from ready to take on that challenge. Today we can see some visible improvement in the reduction of swelling but it is still far to inflamed to even consider the hike. We are staying put in Puerto Natales for 5 days to give more time for recovery and hopefully we may be able to tackle the “W” walk, this was supposed to be the highlight of our South American adventure so we w...

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Drive to Puerto Natales

posted on 2019-11-02 01:39:17 in Patagonia

We took a different route back to Puerto Natales heading further south in Argentina before turning west to Chile. The first part of the journey through the desert region was very frosty, it could even have been light dusting of snow  leaving the edge of the road white. Apart from the occasional ranch there was nothing much to see. As the sun warmed the land and we cane closer to a town the white disappeared being replaced by rubbish! I was horrified to see plastic bags, bottles, paper litterin...

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Calafate

posted on 2019-11-01 02:09:30 in Patagonia

For the last day (for now) in Argentina we had nice and easy rest day, not because we needed a rest but to give Thomas’s leg a chance to recover. It is very concerning with the amount of swelling increase over past 12 hrs. As we were hanging around the campsite for most of the day I decided to light a fire and cooked vegetable noodle soup for lunch, with only 1 small pot (to keep weight down) you have to think carefully about your cook times and how you plan to utilise the pot. To stre...

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Los Glaciares National Park

posted on 2019-10-31 02:24:15 in Patagonia

5:00am “beep beep” “beep beep” my alarm sounded but I was already awake, time to get up and pack - but it is still dark!!! With a bus to catch there was no time for a lie in and straight away I started packing my sleeping gear. Once packed I opened the tent eager to see what had happened overnight. Thankfully it must had stopped soon after I cocooned myself but with a clear sky and sub zero temperature the snow has frozen and I had a crunchy iced topping on my tent. This brought back dis...

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