2 March 2016
Day 4 of walking the W trek in Patagonia
Date: 2 February 2016
Location: Cuernos to Domo Frances
Hours of walking: 9
Today we knew it was going to to be the longest day, with 9 hours of walking plus with it being the middle day we were sure we would start to feel tired. We had a couple of hours of walking to get to the next lodge, where again we would drop off our bags to continue with the main part of the day. That walk was quite peaceful with nearly no one on it and we got to walk right against the lakes edge which was beautiful! The weather today was somewhat overcast, but that was perfect because it meant that it was much cooler to walk in! I also managed to have my first ‘injury’ which would explain the picture that Papa took below of me facedown in the ground… I managed to get my food stuck and I tripped. The only issue being that my pack was so heavy and my hands were jammed that I couldn't get back up again on my own!
Once we dropped off our bags we started the next part of the walk, which we knew was going to be painful. Since it was quite a long day Papa wasn't sure if he would do the whole leg up so we were just going to play it by ear. The walk was actually quite challenging, again it was just scrambling up rocks and we had no idea if a path even existed half the time… The pretty cool part was that we could see a couple of glaciers off the mountains and hear it carving to the point where we saw quite a few avalanches which was great!
About half way up Papa decided that I should go ahead at a faster pace because we were becoming short on time and he wasn't sure if he wanted to go up the whole way. So I powered on, and to be honest I didn't even know if I wanted to go to the top (it wasn't a major site on the walk). But on the way up I bumped into a few people we had been hanging around with in the lodges and they told me it was pretty great up there. So I continued on until I reached the top view point which was a 360 view all around you of various mountains and the main lake. It was pretty cool, but I was more pleased I had made it just for the sake of having done it.
The walk down I was pretty determined to get back within decent time because I had about 3 hours left of walking and by this point I was starting to get over it. So I powered on down with a guy I had met at the top and we literally did not stop once. That was probably due to the fact that I was getting quite hungry and all I could think about were all the foods I was craving that I knew I wouldn't get.
Once I made it back, I caught up with Papa and found out what he got up to for the rest of the afternoon (which was essentially finding a ‘beach’ and relaxing while watching the glacier carve). That night I was shattered so I slept really really well and again we spent the night in a pretty cool lodge which was in the shape of a dome!