Day 241 – Hiking Tierra del Fuego National Park – Day 5 of 5

I packed up camp and walked toward my pickup spot. While walking a different company pulled over and offered me a ride back into town. He had picked up two other people that had not arrived by bus and stopped on another occasion to pick up some other passengers that wound up getting a ride from a regular vehicle. This is the sort of kindness you find on the continent. Once in town I went to the refugio de los mochileros to look for a room. They didn’t exactly have one but Alejandro, the guy that runs the hostel said that he had an apartment in the back that others were put into momentarily. He said I could stay in the kitchen on a mattress. This was pretty much a little apartment with it’s own private bathroom. The charge was a little more than a standard bed but I really…

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Day 242 – Rest and Logistics to Port Williams

Today was going to be a built in rest day but not before finding out about my transport to Puerto Williams. I went to the person that sells the tickets for Ushuaia Boating and he said they were able to make it out that day with the low winds but that he did not have any more tickets until Monday (today is Friday the 23rd). Ugh! I started asking around and with a little persistence a local finally told me where I could ask the private boats. My understanding was that it was in the same dock as the commercial boats but it was a few blocks down. I walked over and asked the caretaker of the pier if I could step in to ask the captains and not only did he consent, he told me which boats I should ask. I spoke to a French captain named Hugo that…

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Day 243 – Sailing the Beagle Channel to Puerto Williams

I showed up at the dock at 9 am as instructed and David, a Polish gentleman was waiting there as well. A few minutes later the hatch on the boat opened and we were greeted by Hugo and Caroline with warm smiles and a cup of coffee. The two other passengers showed up a little after. Hugo collected our passports and we headed to the Argentinian port by foot. After filling out some paperwork and going through the formalities we headed back to the boat and off we went. This was the sailboat we left on. It was a 12 meter boat. We had good winds for a bit and were making good time. We were given crackers and Hugo prepared lunch for us as well. It was chicken with tomatoes, lettuce, and rice. It was very good and we all licked our bowls clean. A little later the winds…

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Day 244 – Hiking the Dientes de Navarino – Day 1 of 4

What was supposed to be an early morning exit was not so. I wound up leaving camp after 11. While eating, a Russian woman named Julia showed up. We wound up hiking together to camp that day. I found the route up tough with the weight of my pack. I was not very fast and was drenched in sweat. Eventually the ascent ended and we were at cerro bandera. These two photos are those approaching cerro bandera and at the top. From this point the route finding was a little tricky. There were some rock carrins but since a lot of the trail was rock, the path wasn’t always obvious. We wound up descending and taking a wrong turn. There I ran into the couple that came with me on the boat. At that point I thought I knew were we were but a few steps further and I realized…

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Day 245 – Hiking the Dientes de Navarino – Day 2 of 4

This day now became my long day on the Dientes de Navarino trek. I headed out of camp after breakfast with a Chilean couple and the Costa Rican couple that had been on the boat with me. Once at the top of the climb the view of the Dientes are in their full splendor. I continued upward without the rest of the crew as I was unsure if they would be able to cover the same distance. Along the way there were so many amazing views. It was hard not to stop every 2 minutes as the lighting changed across the mountains or as I crossed into another section. The trail descended again and crossed over to expose more ranges and many lakes. I had planned to have lunch at laguna de los dientes and here it is. I was looking forward to getting there to put some food in…

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