Diary entry from November 26 2008.
Today we did the hike to see what the township of Chalten was created for – to service the hikers who want to see Mont Fitz Roy and the surrounding peaks, lakes and glaciers. At 3405 metres Fitz Roy is the tallest peak in Argentina’s southern ice field. Today’s hike was an 8 hour hike to do the Laguna de Los Tres trail.
It was hard, especially with a huge steep section of scree and rocky steps to climb up in the brutal wind. That was actually the easy part though – my knee fucked up again coming back down. But anyway it was an amazing hike. The lakes and towers were awesome, and even saw a few snow flakes falling! It was blowing a fucking gale today though. We were lucky to have sunshine for most of the day but the wind was just brutal. This region is notorious for its wild and crazy winds. Up in the mountains the wind nearly blew us away, at one stage we had to hold and balance against the wind by bending our knees and digging our trekking poles into the earth. When we got to the viewpoint to see Laguna Sucia it was so windy I didn’t want to blow off the cliff, I just stayed low in my tummy and crawled as close as I deemed safe!
On the way down I experienced another stuffed up knee. I thought my left knee was finally getting better after the slip at Torres del Paine, but then I did it again. It got so bad I nearly cried, and B was going to carry me down. Lol. I finally made it back to our hut, one agonising knife stab step at a time. I’m fucking tired, my knee kills, I’m in agony, but I feel good. Today was amazing.