journey report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles
Huemul Route – day 1 | 2 | three | four
I used to be up early and continued alongside the river one other hour or so to achieve the campground earlier than everybody else had left.
On inspection, I used to be pleased NOT to have slept at my assigned campground. The bathroom is hideous, for one factor.
In wonderful visibility I may make out the path heading up and over the go centre proper. In poor visibility it may very well be tough to seek out.
Outdated and wiserish, I adopted a gaggle to the primary Tyrolean Traverse.
Then watched rigorously because the information confirmed his three shoppers the best way to do it. I hadn’t completed one in every of these in many years.
It truly screwed up for this lady. The small rope used to tug again the pulley bought tangled. The information earned his cash — and impressed me — by sliding over on the cable utilizing his emergency back-up carabiner … and bought her untangled.
It went pretty effectively for me, although I used to be very drained by the top.
We wore our packs, however it will in all probability be smarter to tow the backpack like this man.
Right here’s the hole crossed from above.
Really, you may usually wade the river as a substitute. AND it regarded to me that you would go across the lake to the left avoiding the crossing fully.
From right here the views had been spectacular. This was simply my favorite day.
I stayed near Glacier Río Túnel as a result of it was so cool.
In Patagonia individuals pay some huge cash to stroll glaciers. And have a shot of whisky.
My map confirmed this campground on the finish of Glaciar Río Túnel Inferior. Seems like it’s not authorized to tent right here, nonetheless.
The information had taken his shoppers up excessive instantly after the Tyrolean. Ultimately I used to be compelled to scramble up the free moraine scree to catch up.
It was work. However with nice views.
From right here in good climate it regarded a simple up-and-over.
Not so. It appeared to take perpetually to achieve Windy Go (Paso de Viento).
However the astonishing first vista on to the Southern Patagonian Ice Area was the spotlight of the complete hike.
Although a bit windy, I stayed fairly some time on the prime. I attempted to recall any mountain climbing vista that impressed me extra. Wherever.
Journey 2 Stroll compares this with the Paso John Gardner wanting on to Glacier Gray in Paine. I concur that Windy Go is much more spectacular.
From the go it’s a protracted however comparatively straightforward descent all the way down to the moraine wall. There’s no actual path, however you may’t get misplaced.
I made a decision to remain on the assigned bleak Paso del Viento Refuge and Campground as I wasn’t positive I may discover higher safety from the wind anyplace else.
The constructing is especially used for cooking / consuming. You’d solely sleep inside in horrible climate. But it surely does appear to have wifi. 😀
My greatest downside mountain climbing over time have been my toes.
But regardless of appearances, they’re virtually zero downside for me now. I’ve bought them found out. I put on the over-sized very vast footwear (for the bunions). Apply petroleum jelly every morning. And put on neoprene booties as a substitute of socks on moist trails like these.
Right here’s my tent web site chosen for wind safety.
Since I used to be carrying a climbing harness, I used it as a tie-down, as effectively.
Journey 2 Stroll calculated 3055 ft ascent and 2214 ft descent on the day. Solely 7.eight miles, however gradual. Robust. And with PLENTY of picture stops.
Drained, I fell asleep accidentally after dinner and wine. And subsequently stored my meals within the tent.
No mice this evening.