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Not having learned the lesson that some basic planning can spare me difficult situations, I arrived in Patagonia without a plan or a place to sleep. After knocking on few hostel doors, I quickly learned the small town of El Chaltén was entirely sold out.
I decided that sleeping is overrated anyway and that I‘d do a sunrise hike instead. So I grabbed dinner at a local restaurant and sat there until they closed at midnight, which seemed like a good time to start hiking.
After the first few steps on the trail, my flip flops broke. Thankfully, I had enough foresight to pack shoes, and although I didn’t have a headlamp, my iPhone provided enough light to show me the way on the moonless night.
Much to my surprise, the hike was quite easy and only took an hour. As soon as I sat down at the lookout point, I heard some movement in the bushes and panicked that it might be one of the pumas the locals warned me about. Sunrise was still 4 hours away and the temperature had already dropped to -5°C, so I thought I should just go back to the town. Then I noticed my phone’s battery had already depleted pretty quickly from the cold and it was too dark to walk the trail without light.
I sat there realizing that I really messed up. The only way to survive the freezing night was to keep warm, and my thin jacket wasn’t going to do that. So I spent the remaining hours of the night alternating between push-ups and jumping jacks for 10 minutes, followed by 20-minute naps.
That was enough to keep me alive until the sun rose and created this incredible view of Mount Fitz Roy!View Less
Not having learned the lesson that some basic planning can spare me difficult situations, I arrived in Patagonia without a plan or a place to sleep. After knocking on few hostel doors, I quickly learned the small town of El Chaltén was entirely soldView More
This past summer; in southern hemisphere terms (January); my brother, his girlfriend, and I were on a one month track through Chile and Argentina looking to experience the most iconic parts of Patagonia. The town of El Chalten is a mecca of free climbing and easy hikes to some of the most beautiful mountains in the World, and we just so happened to arrive there earlier that morning.
Our first hike and the one we were most looking forward to was to Lagunas de Los Tres at the base of the infamous Mount Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park.
The hike is one of the easiest you will probably ever attempt; with heavily worn trail and signs abundant. Except for the last hour up to the lake, the trail is flat and full of impressive views. Massive boulders and crystal clear lakes dot the way through the valley and up the ridge. Once we arrived to the top; after some serious uphill struggle the last part of the way; we were rewarded with something that I find hard to put into words.
My brother and I had been waiting to see Mount Fitz Roy for over six years; ever since we watched the movie "180 Degrees South". I was nervous that my anticipation and planning might ruin the experience, but once we saw it; let me tell you. There is no chance that you won't be blown away!
You can find the complete adventure at apackandamap.com/hike-laguna-de-los-tres-argentina/ , as well as a list of what you should pack for an overnight stay on this epic adventure.View Less
This past summer; in southern hemisphere terms (January); my brother, his girlfriend, and I were on a one month track through Chile and Argentina looking to experience the most iconic parts of Patagonia. The town of El Chalten is a mecca of free climView More