Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Torres del Paine National Park

The past 5 days were spent trekking through Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonian Chile. Here's a quick photo dump while I have a moment online.

Puerto Natales is the town from which one departs for Torres del Paine. There used to be giant sloths here like my new friend...

Approaching the mountains of Torres del Paine via trail from the south...

At camp one morning. The hiking here is quite popular in the peak season of Jan-Feb. The trails were actually fairly crowded, which feels weird when traveling so far from home. A reminder that the middle of nowhere is always somebody's home.

Jamee is a friend from Denver and she and I did this trip together. We spent 5 days in the park with the Torres (below) being one of the highlights. 

Another highlight included seeing many natural avalanches coming down this mountain, some of which were quite large. It was super cool. I don't believe I've ever seen a completely natural avalanche before, only ones that were triggered by humans for safety at or around ski areas. This is the mountain that was dropping avalanches all day long.

And finally, this little video was shot on Day 3 after hiking up the middle tine of the W trek to this amazing 360-degree cathedral atop Britannico valley. I call it "In Patagonia"

In red is the hike we did from east to west, with the tail to the south on the final day. 

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