A Crazy Day in Fitzroy

Trip Start Oct 06, 2010
Trip End Mar 14, 2011

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Piernos del Valle Hostel

Flag of Argentina  , Patagonia,
Monday, December 20, 2010

I was up at 6am to make the most of the one day I had to trek around the Fitzroy mountain range. My chosen form of adventure was ice climbing on Cerro Glacier. It was a perfect way to spend the day. However the weather had other ideas. By 6.45am my tour had been cancelled and I was left all prepared with no tour to do.

I didnīt want to waste the day so I decided to head for Laguna Torres anyway. The walk was easy and quite pleasant along the Rio Fitzroy. It did start to rain but it was light so I continued on. On the way back I had the option of returning to town or continuing to Laguna Les Tres. I decided to go check out Les Tres. In making this decision I was committing myself to potentially another 6-8 hours walking. It was all going well while I was walking through the shelter of the trees along the path to Laguna Madre and Hija. However once I came out of the shelter the full force of the change in weather hit me. The wind was coming down the valley straight at me and was strong enough to make the rain fly sideways.

It was at this point I seriously considered calling it quits and heading home. But as fate would have it my Ipod shuffled onto the famous classical tune for the Lone Ranger. That was a good enough sign that I need to continue and not let the mountain and the weather beat me. So off I went running into the rain and wind to get across the exposed areas as quickly as possible.It wasnīt long before I was soaked through but I kept on going anyway. Slowly but surely I made progress and even saw a few people walking out of the park full ladened in waterproof gear. By now even my jacket was getting wet though. I passed through the Poincenot free camping site where a few weary trekkers were hiding in their tents waiting for the weather to subside. I just continued up to Les Tres. The final hour was mostly uphill in the wind and rain. As an added bonus the mountain decided to throw snow at me at the top in one final effort to make me turn back. It didnīt work but it sure was bl**dy freezing when I made it to Les Tres. I took a couple of photos and headed straight back down. I continued back to El Chalten part walking and part running. Iīm positive I was the only one to go up to Les Tres on the day.

On the way back I ran into Klass who was all packed and heading into the park to camp for the night. I thought I was mad going for one day but Klass took the cake for wanting to spend the night out there as well.

In the end I got back to the hostel at 3pm. I was competely soaked through and had managed to do 10-12 hours walking in 8 hours because of the running element. Definitey the worst day weather wise of my whole South American adventure. And yet I walked further than I had before and had a load of fun doing it.

The shower afterwards was divine as I defrosted myself. The all you can eat pizza with Steve, Laura and Yuri that night was fantastic and my comfortable bed topped off a crazy day.

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