Day 220 – Torres del Paine, Chile

Day 220 – Torres del Paine, Chile      03/29/11       Mileage: 0

It poured almost the entire night, but around 8:30 the sun poked out from behind the clouds while I made breakfast.

Then there was a sudden shift in the wind and within minutes the weather had turned cold and a driving rain began to fall. I retreated back into my tent and listened to the rain pound on rain fly. It didn’t let up so I caught up on my guide book reading and waited for a good window to break camp. Well, that window never came and it continued to pour into the afternoon. In the mountains near camp I could see the snow line had come down considerably from yesterday and was only maybe 200-300 vertical feet where I was.

 There was a hiking refugio a short distance away so I made the dash over there to continue waiting out the rain. I brought my laptop to plan out some GPS routes for the road north and sort through my pictures. It was apparent though that I was going to be here another night as even if the rain stopped it was now too late in the day to get any distance. Such is life…and there are worse places to be waiting out the weather…that’s for sure. Hopefully the weather breaks so I can get back on the road tomorrow…

12 Responses to Day 220 – Torres del Paine, Chile

  1. Jilly says:

    Remember that rain when we were camping on Assateague Island?! LOL…atleast it wasn’t cold 😉 I’m sure that you’re dry and warm by now! ox

    • Lenny says:

      What’s funny is I was laying there in the tent thinking of that exact trip! Lol There were even wild horses wandering around just like Assateague too! Good times… 🙂

      • Jilly says:

        NO WAY! lol…..well a good tent and stove make up for alot when you’re stuck in a monsoon! Were the horses munching 6″ from your head this time??? 😉

      • Lenny says:

        LOL…well, not 6″ away like in Assateague…but one horse was particularly fond of the grass a few feet from my tent….he was noisy chewer!

  2. Becki Anderson says:

    Boy howdie…the weather is at your butt again…better go home now!! We are watching and praying you get into nicer SPRING weather.

  3. lisa says:

    Yuck! hope the weather has gotten better for you. Its so crazy bc I talk about you every day at school to my class. they are so into your trip! Hope you are heading home bc we miss you!! All good here. The girls are so fun – maya is taking swim lessons and loves school and raq is a crazy person – has her dad’s energy! love, lisa

    • Lenny says:

      Hi Lisa! Well…all I can say is that the weather is much better here in Buenos Aires! I miss you, Andrew and the girls too….can’t wait to catch up. I’ll be here for a week or more waiting for my Brazilian visa….so let’s try and catch up on skype… TTYS!

  4. Arlene says:

    Lenny, Hoping you are having better weather in B A and have an easy time getting the Visa. The pictures were unbelievable dispite the horrid weather. I don’t know how you can stay in a tent with all that rain and winds all around you…….I never thought that the tent would hold up to it all. The scenery was beautiful. The mountains and clouds and sun.

    I read what Becki wrote and second the idea to start home. Thanks Becki.

    Stay well, dry and safe. Love ya, Mom

    • Lenny says:

      The Torres were beautiful…I only wish I had better weather the next day to do some hiking….maybe next time! I’ll have to get Mountain Hardwear to sponsor me next time….they make bomber tents for sure!

  5. glenn durkee says:

    ;you live life at the fringes of winter. I hope it doesnt catch you this time either .thanks so much with the dedication to this blog ….it made for great deskside adventure all winter long .blessings to you Glenn

    • Lenny says:

      Ha….thanks Glenn! It sure seems that way, right? And trust me…I don’t like riding on the fringe of winter…that’s for sure!

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