Trip report - Circuit trek in Torres del Paine NP, Patagonia

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Re: Trip report - Circuit trek in Torres del Paine NP, Patag

Post by SirBC » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:04 am

wildhiker wrote:They had the "cook only in the designated shelter" rule when we were there in 2014, too. I think it was because of the fire danger. Because it is usually so windy, the vegetation dries out quickly after any rain, and any little spark or ember can start a fire. I believe that the big fire in 2012 was caused by a campfire that got away.
Yeah, they had a number of fires over a few short years. That last one at the end of 2011 that was so devastating was caused by a camper that was burning toilet paper ](*,) .

Jartelt, thanks for the great TR and amazing photos. Looks like you had a mix of weather, which considering how terrible the weather there can be you have to be thankful that you were able to see your fair share of blue skies. I was there in 2015 and on the Argentina side we had nothing but socked in clouds for five straight days where you couldn't even see Fitz Roy. The Chilean side treated us better but we had almost no wind and I was really hoping for some crazy wave action on the lakes. Next time...

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Re: Trip report - Circuit trek in Torres del Paine NP, Patag

Post by Wandering Daisy » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:57 pm

Great report - I read your blog - it is the best "guidebook" of current conditions that I have seen! Very helpful. I am seriously considering this trip myself, as part of a longer trip to Argentina with my husband. Something for me to do while he does immersion language classes. He does his class, I do the trek, then we go to Mendoza and drink wine!

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Re: Trip report - Circuit trek in Torres del Paine NP, Patag

Post by jartelt » Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:13 pm

Backpacking in Torres del Paine and then wine tasting in Mendoza sounds like a great plan! There were plenty of people on the trail when we went, so I am sure you could easily find some friends along the trail if you are hiking alone. Best of luck planning - I hope you are able to make it happen!

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Re: Trip report - Circuit trek in Torres del Paine NP, Patag

Post by balzaccom » Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:53 pm

Let me know if you want wine advice, Daisy. Remember that in Mendoza the wineries are pretty far apart---you'll probably need a car to get around. But Mendoza isn't that far from Aconcagua...if you are looking for a hike!

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