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

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Mar 24th, 2017
Start: Ushuaia
End: Puerto Williams
Daily Distance: 60
Trip Distance: 711.0

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Patagonia Days 69-77

Sorry, but I've just about given up on this journal! We made it across the
Beagle Channel to Puerto Williams. The zodiac boat ride was nice but the
50k winding dirt road shuttle bus ride made me really nauseous. I used to
be able to go on every round and round ride but in my old age here I seem
to be not so good anymore. We did 2 hikes. The first was the Diente Circuit
which is quite well known now and was created by the author on the Lonely
Planet hiking guidebook like 15 years ago. It was fantastic and stunning.
Big passes, big mountains, big views, cool bogs and the leaves are changing
colors to reds and oranges. Really beautiful. We nailed the timing and
caught mostly good weather and we also picked up a friend, Sharon from
Israel. He was looking for a hiking partner and joined us. We are a little
unusual in that we hike more than most and don't do a lot of "communal"
things (like cook dinner). We also get up earlier than most. Sharon did his
best to keep up, we lost him a fair bit but he always caught up and I like
to think he gained valuable hiking and navigation experience on his own
rather than us leaving him behind.

We made it back to town to our decent hostel right in time to miss the
rain, stayed overnight and then went out later that day to start the Lago
Windhound track which was a disaster for a day. First off we never really
found the official start. We were using the track on our GPS and when that
led nowhere we bushwhacked to the trail further on and frankly I was
surprised we actually found it. Then the walk through the valley was brutal
with hundreds of downed trees and endless miles of bogs. Several times we
paused to discuss just quitting and going back but the thought of spending
2 more boring days in town was worse than climbing over huge trees and
going into shin deep mud and cold water. We soldiered on, it was quite
beautiful of course and when we finally climbed out of the valley we had an
incredibly steep and muddy climb up. We finally broke out of the trees and
summited Cumbre Bentinelli which ironically turned out to be one of the
best views of the entire trip. We had some nice walking and then hooked
back up with the Diente circuit for 5 hours and back to town.

Leaving town was chaotic as we fit 12 people plus luggage into a 10 person
passenger van and then were overwhelmed at the tiny airport as chaos would
be an understatement. We finally boarded the sizable plane and landed in
Punta Arenas where we will make our way to our final hike, the world famous
Torres del Paine.

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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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