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Base del Torres in the Bag!

55 °F

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The stats:
Who: Henry and Sue (Pearl enjoyed a quiet day back at the bungalow)
How long: 12 miles
Altitude gain: 3000 feet
Time: 9 hours

Completely worth it, but boy are we tired and sore. Normally we like to start butt-kicker hikes at 7am. This morning was a different story.

“Breakfast will be ready at 7am.”
7am was just an estimate—Fifteen minutes later we were eating.

“Oh, by the way, I will need to have you change rooms today.”
Thirty minutes to pack up our belongings so they can be moved during the afternoon in our absence.

Finally on the road at 8am. Arrival at the trailhead at 9:20am, along with everyone else in the park. I guess there are a lot of people in Torres del Paine National Park after all, but the weather was fantastic, and both Henry and Sue were healthy enough to make the epic journey.

Since the trailhead is on the grounds of the fancy Hotel Las Torres, we had to park at least a mile away. (Quite annoying at the end of the hike.) And the hike itself is grueling, starting with a very steep ascent high above a river, descending back down to the river about halfway to the destination. The final one-hour of hike is literal rock-scrambling.

After the beginning ascent
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No trail mix to be found in the local grocery store, so Sue made her secret recipe: Trix cereal, peanuts, Rocklets (M&Ms), and crunchy light chocolate balls. Delish.
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The rocky slope for the final hour
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Just when we thought we might be close: Notice the ant-sized people
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Descent down same rock-slope
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Just 30 minutes into the hike, Henry determined that he had brought along an annoying amount of warm clothing. He ditched his new winter coat and sweater under a tree and more miraculously found them on the way down!
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This view is worth every ache and pain.
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Posted by skwclar 16:21 Archived in Chile

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Incredible views! I'm sure exhilarating, wow!!

by Karen McNees

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