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Brian (Buck-30)
Begins: Jan 5, 2017
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Mar 16th, 2017
Start: Ushuaia
End: Ushuaia
Daily Distance: 20
Trip Distance: 651.0

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Patagonia Days 65-68

We spent a couple days on a short hike mostly to just kill some time. We
went out at the end of the day, camped and then walked a solid day over
Paseo de Oveja and then back down to camp. The Pass and ensuing scree
traverse was quite scenic although nothing to blow you away or different
than what we had just done on the previous great hike. It killed a couple
nights in a tent versus paying for a room. Really the main reason I'm
writing this as I had a little log/beaver pond mishap. My countryman, the
North American beaver screwed me! The valley was flooded by beavers but
this time we had decent, albeit slippery trail. There was a big tree low
off the ground that went over a small beaver pond. Something I do 10 times
a day. I walked the tree and best I can remember, I had to stop at the end
and kind of turn left and take a small step up. For whatever reason I began
to teeter. I had like 2 seconds with a million thoughts going through my
head such as, it's going to be really cold when I fall in this pond and
will my phone get wet and die? I thought I might recover but I didn't and
fell backwards into the knee deep pond. I pushed myself up and my entire
backside of my body, head to toe was soaked. It was like 40 degrees out and
not a good time to be wet! Most fortunately because I had my rain pants on,
I couldn't put my phone in my shorts pocket and instead my phone was in my
raincoat breast pocket and didn't get wet. I walked for a few minutes in a
bit of shock and noticed I had also snapped one of my trekking poles low
down. Dammit! Fortunately, the first sun we would see since getting to
Ushuaia was starting to poke through and within an hour I stopped to lay
everything out in the sun and by the end of the day everything was dry.
Thankfully I wasn't under long enough for my sleeping bag to get wet
either. This is the second time I've fallen in a body of water, the first
many years ago on a week long hike in the Sierras. Not too bad I guess.
Better than falling in that river a couple weeks ago that might have killed
me.

We finished up the hike and made it back to Ushuaia and back to the same
place to stay except this time the only room not reserved was the room
without a heater and the room the better room would walk through to get to
the bathroom. And then 4 people moved into a 2 person room so it was
chaotic through our room all day and night. I hate this shit!! Our next
stop is across the Beagle Channel to Puerto Williams but the little zodiac
boats don't run the next day so we are staying in Ushuaia till Friday. We
were going to stay in town but I'm so sick of these loud hostel type places
I'd much rather stealth camp in the forest outside of town for a night.

Our last planning item was to make sure we could get off of Puerto Williams
(Isla Navarino), the southernmost city in the world. There are reasonably
cheap flights ($ 90) to Punta Arenas where we want to go next but the
booking process is non existent and ended up being a series of 9 emails to
book a flight. I miss America!! There wasn't the availability that we
wanted and we had to decide between less time on the Island and then a lot
of days in Punta Arenas with nothing to do or more days on the Island and
the risk of running out of hiking or bad weather in a tiny village with
very few services. We chose more days as the forecast seems surprisingly
decent and we can hopefully do some good hiking with maybe a day or so in
town during a possible bad weather day on Monday. This constant planning,
reservations, things being full and/or expensive is getting so annoying,
but this was one of the last tough planning items.

I spend much of my time hiking now dreaming of thru hiking a long trail. I
fantasize of walking on the PCT. Real trail, epic scenery, nice weather, no
planning!!

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Greater Patagonian Trail

The Greater Patagonian Trail is currently a 930 mile (1500 km) long trail route that leads you right through the heart of the legendary Patagonian Andes. It's a stunningly beautiful and diverse trail that crosses volcanic fields, idyllic Andean valleys, snow covered mountain ranges, lush green forests and deep blue lakes and rivers. Its creator, Jan Dudeck is extending the trail north to Santiago and south towards Tierra del Fuego for a route over 3,000 kilometers. Learn more: www.wikiexplora.com/index.php/Greater_Patagonian_Trail

 

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