El Chalten Travel Blog› entry 29 of 424 › view all entries
We set off on our intended 4-day trek complete with tent and supplies and began our adventure by walking the route to the Cerro Torre campsite. Half way there was a mirador of a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains and glacier except it was so cloudy that we couldn't see any of these mountains. We continued on as the snow began to fall and we reached our campsite, a nice little woodsy number next to the river. Pitched the tent and trekked a bit further to another viewpoint of some more clouds. We don't actually believe there was a mountain there at all, just a ploy to get the tourists to El Chalten.
As we ate our rice cooked on our little pocket rocket stove (it really is as cool as it sounds) the air was getting colder and colder. We ventured to bed wearing everything we took with us as the snow continued to fall. Well it was bloody freezing. Always always believe your sleeping bags when they say 'comfort rating' and don't try to push them into keeping you any warmer than what they say. They do not. We were awake pretty much all night with frozen toes and hypothermia-induced hysteria setting in. We found out the next day that it was -5 so thats nice.