Patagonia. The most beautiful track in the world
• Patagonia. The most beautiful track in the world
What is a mountain hike? It is a long and often difficult road through the gorges, with overhanging cliffs and dark taiga forest. When you can not see anything around but closed over the head of the gorge walls. And if very heavy rucksack on his back - then nothing but his shoes and beads of sweat falling from your nose to the ground. And only at the end of the path you will find a beautiful place, a mountain lake, or specific points. Well, the traditional rule of thumb is to take the food in larger carry-on ahead and eat there))
The park Los Glaciares National Park, which includes two incredibly beautiful peaks - Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy, the tracks are quite different. Yes, there must also be a couple of hours to climb the mountain, really a very beautiful forest. And the rise such that it held all the European tourists and grandparents. And the Chinese photographic equipment with the car. But it is necessary to get out of the forest, like a fairy tale begins. Incredible scenery, with magical views.
In fact, the park has two main, "accordion player" track. Both begin in the town of El Chalten. In the visitor center you will be given a map with all the tracks, which are designated campsites, and even viewing platforms. Also, the map shows the approximate time of the beginning of the track and to the most important parts. It is very convenient to plan the day, and all the way out to the mountains. The first track is to the top of Cerro Torre, the second - to the Fitz Roy. I recommend you go to the last, there to spend a few days and then go to the Cerro Torre, there is a trail connecting the two tracks.
So, in the morning, having slept after dawn, we packed up and went slowly towards Poynsenot camp, the last on our way.
When I was going to Patagonia, natural looking through tons of photos to plan your shoot. The most important thing for me was to become the scenes story waterfall. It's pretty worn out frame, but I sooo wanted it. But the trouble is, it is not specified anywhere on the cards. By intelligence I had to look for it. After reviewing the map, I figured the place where the trail is close to the river. And there are already on the way, we just noticed where the trail goes trodden paths. But! Partitioned fallen trees that did not go over them. Waterfall This masked, however it can be heard from the trail. If you are going there, from the index "5 km" turn right and go down the hill.
After making a mental note to come back to the waterfall in the evening, we again loaded the backpacks and went back down the trail. What scenery! Simply breathtaking! In fact, in Argentina in October and November is the height of spring. Leaves on the trees a little, everyone is just beginning to blossom. It was very warm, but when the wind blow as purged immediately.
I do not tire of repeating about how to cool landscaped trail. Bridges, drains for rain water, drainage, signage kilometer - and not a peso entrance fee.
On the way to the camping pass beautiful views, photogenic forest.
But this kind is already a few steps from the tent. All wanted to shoot something interesting with this tree, and have not come up with that)
Another type of tent. You can not imagine that buzz when in the hands of a plate of something delicious rice with tuna, for example, in a kettle to make tea, and the sight of such beauty ... And how good basking in the warm spring sunshine! But it is necessary to hide behind luminary Slope - much colder, so much so that I want everything to pull himself. It is desirable sleeping bag, and then the tent)
Going to the sunset. By the waterfall you have to pass 3 kilometers in the opposite direction. With stops go through them for 40 minutes. Clouds terribly suspicious - located at a height below the top. That is, at any time can cover up the mountain.
Almost all the vegetation in the open is tilted to one side, because of the constant winds.
Mean clouds still clung to the summit. But nothing. there is still hope)
Main zapadlo this out - that's the beauty of the opposite occurred in the right side. That is, if the clouds were beautiful, they were exactly the other side of the mountains. And it worked Murphy's Law - the clouds were either too much, or did not have)
But this evening, managed to make a good shot. The wind drove the clouds with wild speed. I used a neutral gray filter of variable density to blur movement. It turned a cloudy veil.
A little later, clouds completely shut down the top of Fitz Roy.
But on the opposite side of the color creates a cloud chaos! Clouds burned just unreal! But the shoot there was nothing special (
Sunset waning and we are quietly going to be put forward in the direction of the camp. The next morning was a beautiful sunrise. But more about that some other time