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November 22nd 2008
Published: November 22nd 2008
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wind plagued andeswind plagued andeswind plagued andes

gnarled, twisted, broken, and dead trees from the fierce and incessant wind
We arrived in El Chalten yesterday to find some serious wind. It has been crazy windy here but we have hiked anyway and its been great. Unfortunately its been too cloudy to see cerro Fitz Roy or Cerro Torre but its beautiful around here anyway.

Yesterday we hiked to and above a pretty big waterfall which was beautiful and made it back to cook some good soup and then get some local beer from a brewpub that was pretty good.

So today we left for a hike up towards Fitz Roy and it started snowing. We hiked for about 2 hours and then it really started coming down and the wind was blowing like crazy. Its not cold enough for it to stick long but it was coming down fast enough for a while there that it was beginning to cover the ground and the trees around us. Then it cleared up enough for us to see a glacier on some mountain we could not identify because most of it was in the clouds and we made our way back. A few hours later now it has stopped snowing and has just turned to a light rain. Thats ok because we leave in a few hours to go back to el calafate and then at 3AM we leave for a horribly long bus ride for Bariloche.

This is nice little tiny trekking town. I would like to come back here some time when I have time to hike much more than two half days.

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wind vs. edwind vs. ed
wind vs. ed

seriously strong wind knocking ed over. good thing it wasn´t blowing the other way because there´s a cliff

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