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As I’d fallen asleep early (exhausted) at Paso del Viento camp I used to be up and packed early.
And I used to be shocked to see somebody had arrived solo after darkish. In good climate, he’d merely crashed.
Many of the hardest elements of this hike have been behind me. I assumed I’d attempt for a protracted day, shortening my exit on day four.
On this hike I listened to the autobiography of excessive altitude climber / legend Sir Chris Bonington. There’s no motivation to complain about what I used to be doing compared to his many, many excessive adventures!
Once more there was no actual path. The route continues alongside the Glaciar Viedma moraine. Magically there was a rainbow many of the morning.
I left a Summit Stone at one conspicuous viewpoint.
The Viedma glacier is very large and intimidating.
I felt small. And really fortunate to be right here.
Lastly the route took me up and over a excessive shoulder.
Once more it seems to be straightforward. It was not.
On the opposite aspect was one other world. Lake Videma.
This descent is the most harmful a part of the Huemul. It’s steep and slippery with just one part with help. It could be treacherous when moist.
Fortunately I used to be there after a number of pretty dry days.
I’ve many occasions seen icebergs. And liked them each time.
It wasn’t till this level — the Campamento Bahía de Los Témpanos campground — that I used to be capable of see the wall the place they’d damaged off.
Truly, there are a selection of potential campsites extensively unfold out from there to the previous Campamento Bahía de Hornos camp. None I noticed have been notably nicely sheltered from wind.
Journey to Stroll had at the present time at 2140ft ascent and 4420ft descent over 10.7 miles taking them eight.5 hours.
However I carried on planning on one other three hours or so earlier than stopping.
Once more there was no actual path. The Maps.me app let me down for the primary time in South America. The Fitz Roy part does NOT embody the Southern Patagonian Icefield! … Oops. I’d not downloaded that space. … And what was included on Maps.me didn’t appear very correct. I did have the beneficial 1:60,000 Chalten Out of doors map as nicely. It wasn’t detailed sufficient. ☹️
BETTER could be to have a GPS observe downloaded, as nicely.
Definitely I used to be rapidly misplaced on this moist panorama.
My solely firm out in these fields have been rabbits. Hundreds of rabbits. Launched from Europe, I perceive.
Or are they hares?
These fields are coated with their droppings.
This route is called for the uncommon and endangered South Andean Huemul deer. Numbers in Argentina have been estimated at 350–600 in 2005. Complete quantity could also be round 1500.
I did see two Huemul 15-years-ago near Cerro Castillo in Chile. I used to be hitchhiking with a neighborhood. Shocked, he stopped the automobile. Although residing there his complete life it was the primary time he’d seen one.
Misplaced within the mud, this was my least completely satisfied time on the Huemul.
It was windy too, in fact, however I fairly like wind.
Irked, I ended taking photographs.
After an hour of extra I lastly discovered the path and a half-decent water provide. Most drink from lake Videma on this part.
I arrange my tent close to that small creek. Very drained.