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#21778 - 03/06/12 07:22 AM REI trip to Patagonia
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7478
Loc: Fresno, CA
Nobody commented on rpm's pictures posted in the Picture Gallery from his trip to Patagonia. I am re-posting them here.

All I can say is WOW! That place is spectacular!

Click on each picture for the full-size view.











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#21780 - 03/06/12 07:46 AM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: Steve C]
mrshherrera Offline


Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 82
Loc: Hills of Granada, CA
I saw the original post but I think I was waiting/wanting more, or a TR.

I also thought WOW!! I pulled up a map (because I had no idea where it was) showed my husband the pictures and quickly decided this place has to go on the bucket list!!

RPM, amazing pictures! Thanks so much for sharing!!
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#21781 - 03/06/12 07:56 AM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: mrshherrera]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7478
Loc: Fresno, CA
Maybe we can get RPM to describe his trip a little more...

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#21784 - 03/06/12 09:33 AM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: Steve C]
CMC2 Offline


Registered: 11/04/09
Posts: 160
Loc: CO
Spent a week in Patagonia area Dec 95/Jan96 while waiting out the weather for a flight to the South Pole. The pictures are marvelous but don't capture all the splender, you have to be there!!

Highly recommend a trip there whether you trek or climb.

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#21788 - 03/06/12 10:36 AM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: CMC2]
Lilbitmo Offline


Registered: 03/23/11
Posts: 4
Loc: Yorba Linda, CA
That last picture with stacked colors is amazing, wish I could go there and see the rest, please do post a TR RPM, look forward to the details smile

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#21794 - 03/06/12 04:52 PM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: Steve C]
RoguePhotonic Offline


Registered: 12/08/09
Posts: 558
Loc: Bakersfield CA
When I saw these I thought for the first time that they are so crazy they look fake.
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#21851 - 03/09/12 05:20 PM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: RoguePhotonic]
rpm Offline


Registered: 11/11/10
Posts: 65
Loc: San Diego, CA
I've been out of town all week and saw I got a few responses. I included some more information with the pictures I posted. It was an awesome trip. I took those pictures with a simple digital camera. The trip consisted of spending a few days in small towns or villages and day hiking at each location. A few days were spent driving to different national parks in Argentina and Chile. A person could easily make a week long trip of staying in El Chalten and doing several day hikes in the area. Hiking/camping permits are not required, but that will probably change within the next few years.

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#21853 - 03/09/12 06:30 PM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: rpm]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7478
Loc: Fresno, CA
rpm, thanks for posting.

For others' information, here is what rpm posted in the Picture Gallery with his pictures:
Originally Posted By: rpm
A few people sent me messages asking questions about my rei Patagonia trip. It was a two week trip in both Argentina and Chile. We basically stayed at small towns or villages for a few days and did days hikes each day. My favorite town was El Chalten. A few of the days were spent driving between national parks or hiking locations. I also went on the rei Everest base camp trip a couple years ago. The Patagonia trip was much easier and more "touristy". We had a great guide/driver, there were a total of 14 people in the group.

The cost of the trip was 5K+plus plane tickets. This trip is very doable on your own and would be much less expensive. The national parks do not require permits for hiking and backpacking, but that will probably change soon. The campgrounds used by backpackers were overcrowded and not very attractive in some locations.

If you want a really intense trip, there is a loop trip that include the ice cap on the west side of Fitz Roy.

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#21860 - 03/10/12 04:10 AM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: Steve C]
rpm Offline


Registered: 11/11/10
Posts: 65
Loc: San Diego, CA
If you are interested in exploring this area, be prepared for windy, brisk conditions. I dont' think the temp got above 60 degrees and there was always a strong breeze. Two hikes were in very windy conditions, 35-50 mph (but the best pictures at those locations).

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#21878 - 03/10/12 03:32 PM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: Steve C]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1254
Loc: Atlanta
Those are four of the absolute best non-professional landscape photos I've ever seen. Awesome job, rpm! I agree - Patagonia sounds like a great bucket list entry.

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#21942 - 03/13/12 03:31 AM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: Steve C]
+ @ti2d Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 821
Loc: Oh Cursed, USA
Photo 4 appears to show a massive thick layer of pumice...

Must have been one helluva volcanic blast.

Do note the under and over strata of the "white" area.
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#21946 - 03/13/12 05:26 AM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: + @ti2d]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7478
Loc: Fresno, CA
That prominent light colored band caught my eye too. So... searching "geology Cuernos del Paine",
it turns up this from Wikipedia: Torres del Paine National Park
Quote:
Orogenic and erosional processes have shaped the present-day topography, glacial erosion being the main one responsible for the sculpturing of the massif in the last tens of thousands of years. A good example of the latter are the Cuernos del Paine, whose central bands of exposed granite strongly contrast with the dark aspect of their tops, which are remnants of a heavily eroded sedimentary stratum. In the case of Las Torres, what once was their overlying sedimentary rock layer has been completely eroded away, leaving behind the more resistant granite.

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#21951 - 03/13/12 09:10 PM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: Steve C]
+ @ti2d Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 821
Loc: Oh Cursed, USA
Dang Wikipedia...There goes my credentials as a geologist...I swear it looks like pumice! grin
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#22049 - 03/18/12 05:25 AM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: Steve C]
Lzpup Offline


Registered: 03/08/12
Posts: 8
Loc: California
Looks like you got great weather when you were there. My fav place on earth, thanks for posting the great photos

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#22196 - 03/23/12 02:53 PM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: Lzpup]
CaT Offline


Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
My brother-in-law just got back from a guided (Sobek) multi-day hike/tour in Patagonia. I haven't connected with him yet since he just got back in town yesterday, but I'm sure I'll hear about it. I know he was excited to go there. His dad (my late father-in-law) also went there some years ago, and loved it.

CaT
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#22198 - 03/23/12 03:04 PM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: CaT]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7478
Loc: Fresno, CA
Please... if you can get any pictures from him, we'd love to see them!

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#23908 - 05/12/12 12:48 PM Re: REI trip to Patagonia [Re: Steve C]
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1553
Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
Almost ashamed to admit it, but I was in Puerto Natales for two weeks last fall (spring down there) working within sight of the Balmaceda Glacier, across the street from the Sondo Ultima Esperanza, and didn't get in a single day of hiking. Due to national strike, labor was very hard to come by, and the three days I had built in to hit the Torres and Cuernos got eaten up. It is truly unbelievable unless seen, and a trip not to be missed . Except apparently, by me.




Main feature here is the Balmaceda, from a distance of about 100km. Behind it hidden form view is the Torres del Paine, Cuernos Mt Fitzroy etc etc etc.
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