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Patagonia hiking and multiactivity tours

  • Torres del Paine

Southern Patagonia Opens for the Summer Season!

Many cities at the "End of the World" are preparing for spring; the snow is finally beginning to melt and people are buzzing around. The small towns are just on the verge of beginning another hiking, kayaking, climbing, and horseback riding season!

Patagonia is known for difficult conditions and its absolute remoteness. The area over the years has become more connected and less remote; the bigger towns have internet, central heating, and paved roads that connect from one city to the other. However, adventure travel in the area is still extremely adventurous due to how unpredictable the weather can be. You can find averages for the weather, but this is not an indication of how quickly it changes and difficult it can be to prepare for any sort of outdoor adventure.

Bringing the proper gear is essential, you will need a tent that will stand tall against strong wind and be sure to bring plenty of extra tie-downs and steaks. Because of the vicious wind it is prohibited to light fires most anywhere in the park. There is no lightening in southern Patagonia, so every fire in this region has been started by a person, fires are not natural. Please bring your own small light-weight stove and gas to cook your meals with and be sure to observe the direction and force of the wind.

As a result of the strong wind different weather patterns move in and out very quickly. Therefore, you will need to be prepared to experience a variety of weather in just a few minutes. Changing clothes so quickly would be inconvenient so we suggest that you dress yourself prepared for everything. Make sure you have light-weight quick drying shirts, pants and undergarments. Also make sure that your boots are goretex and your socks are also quick-dry. You will want to have a light-weight rain/wind jacket readily available in the top of your pack.

Preparing your pack in a specific way will help you to not get your things wet and not have you hassle so much. You should pack everything in different bags, dry-sacs are the most durable, but garbage bags also work just fine. Be sure that your sleeping bag is at the bottom of your pack, safely in one or maybe even two water-proof sacs. The worst is to have a wet sleeping bag. On top of that put your clothes, again in a water proof sac. Put your tent inside your pack also, but this should be naturally waterproof, so a bag isn't really necessary. Put your cooking gear in next, make sure that all your food doesn't get wet by using zip-lock bags and measuring out exactly what you are going to eat, no need for carrying extra things. Put your small other more frequently used things in the top, again making sure that they are in waterproof containers or bags. Put your rain jacket in the top of the pack or on the side so that you can get to it without having to open up your entire pack.

The key to backpacking in Patagonia is being able to handle any type of weather in just a few seconds. Make sure that you can go from warm summer attire to cold rainy clothing quickly and you will be a happy hiker.

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