Day – 357 – Day hike up to Refugio Frey

I had been told by some friends that I should not miss going to Refugio Frey. In fact my plan was to do a 10 day hike in this area and make my exit through Refugio Frey. However, my plans were thwarted by inclement weather. Instead I decided that I would do a day hike into Frey. I took the bus to the drop off and the signage was pretty good. It is a well traveled trail and I see why I had been told this area was a must visit while in Bariloche. There were lots of things that stood out from this hike. One of the things that I enjoyed was the change in vegetation to fall colors. Another impressive aspect of the hike were the clouds that would hover above the lakes and in between the mountains. Yet you were looking down at them, they are wonderful…

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Day 352 – Seven Lakes & San Martin de los Andes

After a few days rest from my hike, today I would go to the seven lakes and San Martin de los Andes. Since I had been told that this drive was exceptionally scenic, I was really looking forward to it. People that had return from it had raved about it. A group of us from the hostel pooled our resources and rented a car to head there.  The crew consisted myself, Urs, Gemma, Mary, and Graham. Aside from the mountain views above at the first pull off we saw this wonderful poochie. It was very happy to see us and extremely friendly. We gave it some love and it just melted. It rolled over on it’s back and eventually was so relaxed that it took nap in this position. After we were done enjoying the views we said goodbye to our little friend and moved on to the next pull…

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Day 348 – 350 – Backtracking to Laguna Negra

Day 1 of the backtrack I had made the decision yesterday to backtrack to Laguna Negra since I failed to reach my intended campsite because of inclement weather. The weather was indeed better today but it was still overcast much of the day. The visibility was not as nice as I would have liked and there was still plenty of snow I had to make my way through. It made the trip back over the ridge much slower than on the first approach. However, I was happy to find the northern side of the mountain pretty dry. It’s funny one usually thinks of the north face as the icier side but that is coming from a northern hemisphere perspective. On the southern hemisphere, you want the north face. Still the drop down was rocky and my knees were feeling every creaky  step. I definitely brought way too much food with…

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Day 346 & 347 – Hiking to Laguna Creton

Day 1 Today I left C.A.B pretty tired. Yesterday turned out to be more exhausting than I thought. Despite the fatigue, I was happy that I got myself up at a decent time unlike yesterday. I had at least 7 hours of daylight for today’s hike. It was expected to rain with the highest probability late in the evening. At least that is what the forecast said the day I set out. This morning the weather was pretty good though so I was hopeful it would last. One of the things I noticed in the day time was that the pile of rocks I ate on last night was probably part of the refugio at some point. There were roof tiles and some wood that looked like it supported the roof interspersed amongst them. The refugio’s wood had also apparently been used as firewood for some time. This is what…

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Day 345 – Hiking to C.A.B

Frozen Earth

I must admit I was extremely reluctant to leave my amazing shelter. I slept in and enjoyed as much of it before taking off. I had what was about a 2hr breakfast. I poked around the shelter some more now that I had more light to look at things. I decided to consume some rice noodles that were in the cooler, as well as take a few bags of tea. In exchange I left some coffee tea bags, wiped down all the tables, benches, and swept the entire first floor before leaving. This is what that stuffed cooler looked like. All sorts of goodies. Today’s hike would take me across laguna negra giving fantastic views at every juncture. The stillness of the water perfectly reflected cerro negro. The part around the lake which I suspected was the easiest turned out to be a bit of a pain in the ass.…

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