Day 1 - Cerro Torre and Campamento de Agostini
Trip Start Jan 26, 2007
14Trip End Feb 11, 2007
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While there was this break in the rain we quickly picked up some bread, booked a bus back to El Calafate, booked some accommodation for when we returned from our hike and got on the trail. Our hike that day was meant to be a 3 hour trip to Campamento de Agostini. Well the sun came out, the views were fantastic and we ended up taking it slowly and spending about 5 hours getting to camp. There were lots of small birds on route and some great views of Cerro Torre, including when we came over the top of one hill to the mirador and you can see your first but great view Cerro Torre up the valley. Hares seemed to be everywhere, some of them were big. There were lots of really old twisted beach trees with old branches scattered over the ground once we got a bit higher up the valley.
In camp there were torrent ducks diving in the stream next to our tent and an Austral Parakeet that squawked noisily from his hole in the tree just above our tent.
We took our stove and some coffee and went to sit up by laguna torre and watched as the sun set on Cerro Torre giving it some fantastic colour as the moon rose behind it.
Our camping food was a little out of date, still this was freeze dried food, this stuff surely couldn't go off. Well it turned out to be nasty and bitter. Luckily I had a spare.
It was 10pm that evening before the sun when all the way down.