– El Calafate – El Chalten – Cerro Torre
8am, hmm this is not vacation this is worse then working. Well the bus left on time and it was just time for sunrise so I had a good view onto the andes. And wow there was just outside of El Chalten a good view of Fitz Roy (round about 120km view). I was really exited and hoping to see this time cerro torre which is really difficult to see. An hour later we did a short stop to have a coffee and just after we left the restaurant we had the first view on Fitz Roy and even more Cerro Torre, wow wow wow. I asked the driver whether we could do a stop at a mirador (viewpoint) but he told no ;o(. So I had to try to catch a good pic directly from the bus, and luckily I could w/o much quality loss, but this a..hole of busdriver could hat really have stopped for 10 minutes ;o((.
We reached El Chalten around 11am but have to go through a briefing by the Rangers, which was actually very good. He told we have to register if we want to pass a certain limit. As the bus waited I could not register directly ;o(. The hotel was around 1 to 1.5 km away so shot I had to go back by feet which costed around nearly an hour. Well it is how it is, I checked in to the hotel, and Daniel the Paraguayan was a really nice guy, he put me in a dorm for me alone ;o). After that I made my way to register and returned back. I wanted to use the good weather in hope to catch a view on the cerro torre. Shot this registration costed me an hour and everybody told me that I need at least 3 hrs to get there (as I had not done a walk for a long time I expected 4 hours). So I bought some chocolate and made me onto the way around 12 pm (probably too late to reach laguna torre). It was a steep walk for the first 2 km which took me nearly 2 hrs (well did some fotos inbetween) reached Mirador Torre on km 3 of 9 and got a good view on Torre, I was so happy, so I tried to do some timelaps which took me around an half an hour so it was already 2:30. The Ranger said if I am mot there until 4 pm I cannot make it and return in time. And I had still to go 6 km, shoot, too late (shitty registration time lost).
I tried it and was like speedy gonzales. 6 km, I guess I never make it, as I remember 6 years ago it was really heavy (distancewise not hilly), but the walking sticks I had helped really easing up walking, and …... wow after 1 hrs I was there Laguna Torre 3:30 hrs so I even have some time to take timeleaps. I used an hour and left laguna with pics and timelaps and happiness ;o)).
I walked again quite fast and after 2:15 hrs I was back but also really exhausted after 3 km Ranger Checkin and 18 km trecking. I wouldnt have been able to walk much longer. Exhausted but happy.
In the hostel there was also a poco loco argentinan which I liked from the first moment – Alejandro. Daniel asked us whether we would like an Asado and we agreed instantly. So we had an Asado well prepared by Daniel toghether with quite some wine and salad which Alejandro prepared. Half way through some workers with the young chef from an estancia came in and had some wine and food there as well. We had a lot of fun and got pretty drunk. Around 1am we went alltogether to a bar at the other end of the town, where it had billiard, so with our drunk head we played pool and also drank more. The guys where really good fun and at 3 pm I finally went to bed. What a day.
07.September – Corrillo del Salto
After much alcohol I woke up around 12 and had not much interest to do anything as also the weather was no good. Alejandro wanted to walk up to mirador torre, but finally he suggested to go to Corrillo del Salto a nice waterfall 4km from the hostel. He took a wine with him, so I bought also a bottle and we walked easily to the waterfall. My legs suffered the day before ;o).
It was an easy walk and first we were at the base and I took an timeleap eroneously with 1 second exposure time which finally resulted very nice. Then we went up to the upper level where we met again the girls from the base – Laura and Nati, two porteñas. We shared food and drinks. And as they where im the same hostel we went back together and we had all again a really good asado also with Eduardo, but luckily not exhaustive like yesterday.
08.September – Mirador Fitz Roy / Laguna Capri
Well, I woke up and it was cloudy. So I expected a leasure day, but suddenly it cleared up to an incredible sunny day. So I made my way to Mirador Fitz Roy around 12 o'clock. The way is up up up for 3 km but suprisingly I am doing well. Again very nice views, and... wow what a view. Fitz Roy completely w/o clouds. Took my timeleaps and also fotos, wow wow wow.
During my stay for taking the TimeLeaps there was a couple up there, and there was it again, a guy w/o a handkerchief. I really could nearly speak with the porcelan good. The guy had a different clock but was also in a short time like 8 seconds. This must be really a culteral thing as his wife did not tell anything.
Met a couple from north of spain an their honeymoon and we had a nice chat (Nacho is the name of the guy). They just return tonite to El Calafate so they couldnt make there way up to mirador torre anymore.
As the others Laura, Nati and Alejandro went to camp near laguna torre the two brasilieros and I had been more or less alone in the hostel. They wanted to go eating but I wanted to start my tomato diet which I did. Bought 3 eggs and 6 tomatos and an onion and prepared my salat. I asked Daniel whether he wanted to join which he accepted happily. So we had been alone and easy eating, drinking and a bit chatting but more watching the sown 'the best laughters'. Went to bed early hoping tomorrow is another great day to go up agin to Laguna torres.
09.September – El Chalten – tranquilo
As the weather is not as expected I am taking it easy. Overcast so I did not plan to walk. So I bought ham, cheese, eggs and orange juice and made myself a Lecker Breakfast. And now I am wirting since 11 o`clock my blog and try to upload pics to the block.
Now the brasilian guys came back around 5 pm. And there was it again, also in Brasil there are no handkerchiefs it seems. Well, I will keep now a bit track about this habit. Laura and Nati jsut came in 5:40 w/o Alejandro as he took another route. Well lets see how the girls act when the warmness will heat up their noses. Well the girls didnt have this habit ;o). Alejandor came around 7 pm and had a huge blister on his feet, grazy guy.
Daniel did again a great asado and we all had a very good time. I went to bed around 1 but Alejandro told me that he went to bed around 5 am or so.... time to say good by to Hostal Lo de Trivi and Daniel.