Hiking Torres del Paine, W Circuit: Day 5

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Hiking Torres del Paine, W Circuit: Day 5

Hiking Torres del Paine, W Circuit: Day 5 is part of a 5-posts series. Find Day 1 here

I wake up at 7.03. As every morning, the first thing I do is putting my glasses on. I try to find them in the top pocket of the tent, but apparently, they are not there. ‘Where are my glasses?’ I sleepily ask the guys. A few seconds after we find them. Broken. Right in the middle, two equal parts. Thus, this morning I already learnt a couple of things:

  • Don’t put anything on places where things can move and fall down;
  • Put your glasses on that fucking case you have brought all the way down from Italy. At least, put them on a boot.

I feel very sorry because they were actually new. Furthermore, I had flip-ups for that pair of glasses. Now, no glasses no sunglasses. I have to find a solution as soon as possible. How the hell did this happen? Almost certainly, the glasses fell off the pocket as the wind was shaking the tent very strongly. During the night, I or Vicente kicked them, I think repeatedly, as I’m moving a lot while ‘sleeping’, and well, that’s the result.

During breakfast, we finish the first granola pack we brought: as we won’t eat anymore, we re-distribute the food weight in our backpacks. I drink a bit of mate, clean the calavasa and we start walking. We have to reach the Paine Grande camping before 12, otherwise, the trail to get to the Adminstracion Central will be already close. With great timing – we stop enjoying a last view of the Glaciar Grey – we are in Paine Grande at 11.50.

I go to the bathroom, eat a piece of chocolate and I start walking, alone, again. Xavi and Vicente will wait for the catamaran (18000 CH$) to get to Pudeto, where the bus will pick them up. I left the backpack so I can walk faster.

After a 45-minutes walk, I reach the Pehoé Lake. I spot some caiquén, and little birds hiding in the bushes.

A Patagonian goose, the caiquen

A Patagonian goose, the caiquen

I’m completely alone.  I’m alone. And I like it. I’m screaming, I’m listening to the only song I have on my mobile phone, Mi Verdad of Manà feat. Shakira, singing along, I’m hugging the fresh air, staring at the pampa, I’m free.

I finally arrive at the central administration, where there is a little museum on the history of Torres del Paine, almost exclusively in Spanish. I wait for the bus to come. And it comes, with 45 minutes of delay. It’s raining hard now, and I think we all have been very lucky with the weather, although that wind gust during the last night will cost me a lot of money.

Slowly we arrive at Pudeto. Xavi and Vicente join me again, and we go back to Puerto Natales.

This fantastic experience is over, but I’m already thinking of the next big one!

Stay tuned!

 

Hiking Torres del Paine, W Circuit: Day 5 is part of a 5-posts series. Find Day 1 here