Patagonia, end of the trip, but not the end of the trail. December 16, 2013 Prologue: “What’s a guy halfway through his 68th year doing hiking and camping with a bunch of young people in an area where in the summer time (which it is there right now) the wind can howl during heavy rain and sleet storms?” (posted on my blog December 3, 2013.) Epilogue: Answer: having a great time. Following an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, a beef-stuffing (see “Beef and Tango in Buenos Aires” posted…

Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina. December 10, 2013. Crampons lashed to our boots, we took our first tentative, flat footed, steps, driving the spikes into glacial ice and stepping forward. No heel-to-toe step but full contact with our spikes biting into this massive glacier as we started a short trek to one of the few accessible spots near the front face of this residual giant cache of ancient snows. Moving at an occasional top speed of 2 meters (about six and a half feet) per day, the Perito…

At the foot of Fitz Roy mountain, Patagonia, Argentina. December 8, 2013. I’ve come to view long hikes and treks like life. The real purpose is to enjoy the trail, not to hurry to the end which will come soon enough anyway. After a three hour flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, we caught a three hour shuttlebus ride to El Calatan where we met our guide and porters. Once we’d redistributed our packed goods, storing those we wouldn’t be using at an accommodating hotel, we shouldered…