The forecast was calling for rain all day through tomorrow, but unfortunately the schedule was so tight there was no other option but to go forward with camping as planned. Besides if I learned anything was that Patagonia weather is unpredictable, perhaps we will get lucky and the rain wont be too much or last too long.
We enjoyed a nice breakfast with fried eggs (yay not boiled!) and then set out on the trail. The hike is an easy only, only 4 hours to the campsite so we started late and took our time. El Chalten is the definition of a backpacker town, half of the buildings are hostels, and everyone is there to hike. Plus it is situated right outside the park entrance, which made it super convenient to get started. The best part is, there is no entrance paperwork or fees!
We were pretty lucky this morning as it stayed dry and the sun even came out for a bit. Mount Fitz was always in view and provided the motivation to keep moving forward. Campamento Poincenot was basic (no showers or electricity), but just what we were looking forward to with the freedom to spread out and choose any spot. We arrived just in time because then it started raining.
We had a hot lunch under the cover of some trees and attempted to go hiking to Laguna Sucia which we heard was the underrated alternative to the popular Laguna de Los Tres with the same viewpoint of the Fitz Roy. The trail was much more overgrown and eventually we reached a no trespassing sign with the warning of pines. Darn it why did I pull out the google translate I would have not known what it said.
It was a good thing we turned around because the visibility was terrible and it started to down pour hard. Ingrid wasn’t feeling good since the morning, and now she really needed some rest. We both took power naps and then I continued practicing Spanish through the rest of the day.
I got bored after dinner and decided to build a moat around the tent with the community poop shovel as the puddles are starting to pool up. Our neighbors were already in a swamp, I wonder how much longer before they move. An hour later I heard them scrambling to move the tent when they discovered their sorry situation. They got lucky they found out early, because the rain was not showing any signs of stopping.