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Nov 30, 2009 - El Chalten - Day 2

Day 2 - Cerro Torre Yesterday we spent about five hours walking a 20 km path in windy and cold weather. We haven’t done this in a long time and have been more used to relaxing than exercising on our recent cruise. As we woke up around nine we were feeling tired and our legs ached. Iris’ arms also ached for some strange reason - maybe she got the pain from watching me doing push-ups yesterday? Our breakfast consisted of orange juice, bread, and dulce de leche. Dulche de leche is some sort of fudge or caramel that they seem to serve with...

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Nov 29, 2009 - El Chalten - Torres del Paine of Argentina...

Day 1 - Fitz Roy We have today traveled to El Chalten. This is Argentina’s “Capital of Trekking” as appointed by the Tourism board. We went here hoping to have a quick look at Patagonian nature at its finest. It turned out nicely, but perhaps falling slightly short of expectation. Our bus departed the station at eight in the morning and we had managed to get there after an early start. The bus ride to El Chalten took around three hours and we arrived El Chalten around eleven in the morning. We had listened to our audio-book during the bus...

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Oct 29, 2009 - Baileys on ice, on ice

Today Walter had suggested that we do a glacier trek on the Viedma glacier rather than leave it for the Perito Moreno glacier as it would be much quieter, so we all agreed and set off to a little harbour where we took a boat across to the glacier. Once again, luck must have been on our side as it was a beautiful day even though we´d been warned that this could change very quickly in Patagonia. When we docked, we had a 20 minute climb up the rocks to get to the ice itself. This was a little bit hairy but helped by a team of guides who were...

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Oct 28, 2009 - Get the boots on again

Well, after a few days of generally stuffing my face with good food and wine, today the walking boots came on again. We met two guides who were going to escort us to the base camp of Mt Fitz Roy. As we left the hotel at about 9am, the snow started to fall...but on we went and started our initial ascent, about an hours steep climb. Still snowing. We had a few brief stops and the pace was not too bad so I managed to stay at the front. Although I guess as I´m the youngest I should probably be there!! One stop was at a supposedly amazing vista...

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Oct 27, 2009 - Back to the mountains

Unfortunately the early starts have begun again and I´m knackered so was looking forward to sleeping on the plane as we left Buenos Aires and flew to El Calafate and the mountains. Amusement at breakfast was Walter´s face when he saw one of the ladies in our group - "i see you found the sun yesterday" he said sweetly. Understatement as she looked as though she´d been tangoed!! Very bad sun burn on her face but we had warned her... Anyway, we had one of the most efficient check ins ever at the airport and then had to elbow our way through a...

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Mar 3, 2009 - El Chalten - the Climbers town

Hi everyone, This is a slooowww internet, so no pictures to upload today. This town is fantastic. This is THE climbers town. Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy, plus numerous other peaks, many glaciers. Lots of famous climbers come here. Tommy Caldwell was here in February to attempt Cerro Torre. Our guide didn´t know if he succeeded, but he did know he was here. It´s such a small town that everyone knows when someone shows up. I was able to do a 10 kilometer hike today. We went to Laguna Torre, the lake in front of Cerro Torre. The weather started...

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Feb 8, 2009 - Mont Fitzroy Trek - Days 4, 5 and 6

The trail we were following usually takes around 3 to 4 days but we had decided to add on some side trips. Unfortunately, when we got here, some of the side trips were closed and the distances weren't that great on others so we were worried we would run out of things to do. On the third day we decided to leave our tent set up and camp a second night at Campamento Poincenot. It was a tough decision as we had to weigh up a busy and noisy campsite (a group next to us caused major disruption in the camp by drinking until 4am and then walking to...

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Feb 4, 2009 - Mont Fitzroy Trek - Days 1, 2 and 3

Today we started our 6 day trek in the Los Glaciers National Park. We caught an early bus from El Calafate to El Chalten which took around 3 1/2 hours. After buying some lunch in El Chalten, we hit the trail. Our first stop was the Campsite Agostini. It was a 4 hour walk up quite a steep slope. We had learnt lots from the 1st trek and had lightened our packs considerably which was good. The weather was lovely - sunshine with some heat to it and no wind. We made it to the first lookout point half way along the trail but unfortunately the...

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Jan 26, 2009 - Hitching, Trekking in the Fitz Roy Ranges, and arriba we go!

Current location: Internet cafe in Chile Chico, Chile. The last week or so has been marked by a LOT of overland travel, and consequently we are feeling a little worn out. Back a week or so ago we caught a bus from Puerto Natales into El Calafate, Argentina, a 6 hour trip, and there we decided that instead of waiting for the next bus further north to El Chalten and the Fitz Roy ranges, we would try our luck at hitch hiking there. The first ride was easy. After walking a good half hour to the highway, just as we put down our bags and i...

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Dec 23, 2008 - There's Patagonian terra in our zapatos...

Well, three-plus days into our trip, we're certainly due for a report. Sorry to those of you that have been expecting a check-in, but Patagonia leaves little choice as technology is DEFINITELY not prevalent. Let me first report that all is well here - we are safe and enjoying ourselves immensely. We arrived in Buenos Aires from Dallas on Saturday, December 20 after an overnight flight from D/FW. We really missed the days of business class on that flight as we were in the air for about twelve hours in non-exit row coach seats. 6'5" doesn't...

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Dec 12, 2008 - El Chalten

Les gens vont à El Chalten pour faire de l’escalade ou de la rondonée. C’est l’un des villages les plus recents d’Argentine. Il a été fondé en 1985. Nous y arrivons dans la journée apres avoir été pris en stop par une ambulance et un bus grande distance. Décidement, on essayera tous les genres de transport! El Chalten nous rapelle Ushuaia ou El Calafate. Pas tant pour sa ressemblance physique ou géographique mais plutot pour le fait qu’ici viennent énnormement de touristes. Tout est donc scandaleusement plus cher. Mais l’environemment nous...

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Nov 23, 2008 - El Chaltén

We took a domestic flight from Aeroparque in Buenos Aires to El Calafate via Bariloche. The landing at El Calafate was not rough at all… it was a tad bumpy as we approached the airport, but we have definitely experienced worse turbulence in the past. A van picked us up to take us to El Chaltén which is about 3 hours away. This will be out base for the next 2 days for the northern Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. We saw some quite amazing landscape along the way and got out for a few photo stops. We also saw a guanaco running across the road....

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