Starting the trek
Torres Del Paine Travel Blog› entry 15 of 32 › view all entries
November 23rd, 2007 – by: jonasforsgren
Got in late last night in Puerto Natales. Had a bit of a problem finding a hostel. I
absolutely hate going around late at night trying to find a place to stay.
Slept late trying to get as much sleep as possible. Shared a the room with two
germans and they helped me a bit with the language barrier when we were buying
tickets. Got all the tickets now, into Torres del Paine later today and Punto Arenas
on Dec 8th. So I can now stay 14 days in Paine if I want to.
The weaather was as always great, clear blue sky and no wind. It was like a nice
summer day at home but I havent packed clothes for this kind of weather!
The buss to Paine was nice but to warm. We got a great view over the nationalpark as
we drow into it.
I hoocked up with 2 Swiss guys and a german girl heading for the same camp as me. We
started at 18:15 and we got to camp at 21:15 so a bit faster then themaps timebut
man was I in pain during the trek! It was a 600m climb to the camp and in the
beginning it was steaking hot! Had to walk on narrow ledges with strong windgushes
that almost blew me off my feet! It was much harder then I had expected. But that
part of the trail is the second hardest part of them all. The only part that is
harder is the mountainpass that now is closed.
I set up my tent and cooked dinner, noodles and small sausages. Went to bed at
around 23:00 but couldn't sleep. The wind had picked up a lot at midnight and it
started to rain. I lay wondering if I really had secured the tent enough.
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