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…

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. December 12, 2013. I love wind, rain and snow, so it was only natural to be on the trail to the lake at the foot of the famous “W” peaks of Los Torres at 4:15 on this Patagonian summer morning. In the dark, my headlamp made out the rocks and footholds on this steep and twisting mountain path. The Patagonian wind which roared through the beech trees above our camp and shook our tent throughout the night was even more fierce as we…

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…