Walking Wet in Torres Del Paine
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February 16th, 2009 – by: zakw
Torres Del Paine!
Getting there was interesting... everyone involved does their best to extract as many pesos from your wallet, pushing the limits of acceptability and greed. And it doesnt end their, once you are inside the park, it costs about $10AU to camp. Thats per person. Also, upon entering, park rangers seem to give you bogus information as to what trails are open in order to deter unprepared people from getting overwhelmed and in over their heads in the notoriously bad weather.
Teh bogus advice I received upon entry forced me into a last minute change of plans, But speaking with other hikers, renewed my confidence in completing my original intended trail - the circuit, but meant i would have to hike a little extra.
I set off alone from the visitor information centre, which was funnily enough, a not so popular destination within the park. It was raining, and I was alone wandering through the grasslands a good 18km away from the Torres, wondering exactly what I signed up for. AFter four hours of solitude, things soon changed. I camped at a choc a block full camping area with hundreds of other people, which wasnt exactly my idea of solitude in the wilderness. oh well.
From there I spent three more rainy days walking the front of the torres.
But things changed drastically as I came around the last mountain, and headed off on the not so dramatic trails that were the beginnings of the `circuit`.
i covered 150km`s in total, and felt a certain dissapointment when I came back to the information centre I started at, headed for civilization. The hike was over, but I felt extremely happy with myself.
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