200m elevation change
I was briefly debating whether to wake up at 2am for sunrise at the Torres, but the thought of an 8 hour hike plus a 4 hour hike with a heavypack did not sound fun. Part of me was wishing there would be no sunrise so I would not suffer from FOMO. It turns out there is a limit to what I will do for photography.
I still woke up early to get some sunrise time-lapse videos of the Torres, which I could still see from the campsite. There was only several perfect moments where the lightening was good because the clouds were obscuring both the sun and the top of the Torres. The window of opportunity was about 5 minutes, and even then there was never a moment where the entire Torres was “on fire.” That made me feel a lot better about not trekking 8 hours.
Yesterday was really just a walk in the park. We did hike 8 hours, but that was without packs and the weather was great (t-shirt most of the time was until the Torres). Yet because this was the shortest hike for the entire trip, we had time, so I went back to sleep.
By the time we had breakfast and packed up, it was already 1030am. I was tempted to eat lunch right while we were here to lighten my load by half of pound. That would make the 4 hour journey more miserable
You notice that the “O” trial instantly gives you some breathing room and solitude in the park. The trail was fairly flat and the scenery consisted of many rolling hills. We stopped for an hour lunch along a stream halfway to campamento Seron and didn’t see anyone during that time.
The highlight of the day was comping across herd horses roaming freely in the plains. They were very friendly and lets us pat them. Seeing them run around or lie in the grass looked like something out of a movie.
Last night we had flush toilets, electricity, and hot showers. This was already a surprise for me as my expectations for coming to Patagonia was backpacking, not pampered glamping. (Glamping by my definition is any trip you don’t have to take a shit in the forest). I thought perhaps since we were close to the welcome center that last night’s campsite was an exception.
Having hiked off the beaten path on the “O” circuit 4 hours away without any signed of vehicle roads, I was surprised to find these amenities again. And not just that but a fully staffed restaurant and domos (shelters). On top of that, I was even more delighted to find free charging between 4pm-6pm. I I arrived 530pm so only got a bit of charging in, but it better than my solar panel which barely gave me 25% more juice on my battery bank. Patagonia is notorious of the unpredictable weather, and so far we only get bursts of sun. Now I’m hoping that other sites offer electricity because the solar doesn’t look like it will cut it.