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Torres del Paine: Elias & Team Check in From Chileno Hut

Greetings from Chileno Hut. Uneventful 10-mile day we had… just astonishing views left and right as we contoured the Paine Horns into the Ascencio Valley, which will eventually take us to the base of the Towers. Our goal is to see the sunrise, so we’re heading to bed early.
We’ll check-in from Puerto Natales tomorrow!

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

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Wow!!!! The pictures are amazing! What a fabulous trip! Cannot wait to hear all about it!!! Lots of love! Have a safe journey home!

Posted by: Erle Broughton on 2/3/2017 at 9:41 am

The photos in these posts are fantastic! How are you getting these amazing shots? Are you using some sort of filter that makes them look like artwork?

Aspiring photographer here

Posted by: Tiina Moore on 2/2/2017 at 7:02 am

Torres del Paine: Elias & Team Trek to the French Valley Lookout

Good afternoon from “The Frances Domes Camp”. We have just returned from our hike to what might be the visual highlight of our trip- The French Valley. After two days of short stages and rainy weather, we had outstanding meteorology to surmount the trail that leads up to the amphitheater where three to four thousand feet rock faces reign majestic over the park. Needles like the Cathedral or the Sword, or massives like the Blade, the Castle, or Paine Grande are nothing but jaw dropping. Hanging glaciers, turquoise lakes, and lenticular clouds above added just the extra touch to make the eight-hour round trip worthwhile. 
We’re approaching the end of our trip, but everyone keeps enjoying the fascination that awaits around every corner like the first day.
Today we moved to geodesic domes, which at the shore of Lake Nordenskjöld, provide some sort of surreal lodging alternative; pretty cool indeed.
Tomorrow another long day awaits, as we get closer to connecting the loop we started well over a week ago.
Remain expectant to more surprises!

RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos and team

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Wow!  Sounds like some amazing scenery.  I eagerly anticipate the slideshow when you return.  It looks like everyone is doing great and really enjoying the trip.  The glacial line dance is impressive.  Hike well and stay safe.  Can’t wait to see you in 2 days!

Posted by: Carter on 2/1/2017 at 9:07 pm

Wow,  awesome pictures.  Glad you can still do a little song and dance.

Posted by: Sandy on 1/31/2017 at 1:06 pm

Torres del Paine: Elias & Team Enoying the Amazing Sights and Colors of Patagonia

Our second day at Glacier Grey Camp afforded us an opportunity to get up close and personal with the bottom tip of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, a massive expanse of glacial ice spanning 270 km. A gleeful 20-minute ride in a speedboat across Lago Grey deposited us at the foot of the moraine, where we set out on our approach across smooth, rocky ledges with their painterly striated patterns, fossil imprints, and telling scrapes and scars.

After an hour of scrambling through chutes and ladders, our Skittle-colored team of alpine outerwear landed itself at the gear cache our local guide team had waiting for us at the base of the ice. We transitioned into crampon and ice axe mode, but not before receiving a quick crash course on glacier travel skills. Up the slope we went, our metal spikes crunching along the firm ice. It was hard to keep our hands off our cameras, with impressive landscapes beckoning our gaze in all directions, but walking on the irregular surface required our full attention to keep a clumsy foot from plummeting into any one of the many nooks and crannies on the icy floor beneath us.

The pools of melt water were a brilliant blue color almost too fluorescent to believe that nature could produce it. A highlight of the trek was stopping to pose like alpine goddesses at the opening of a cavern where a stream of water rushed along the the icy chute.

A warm meal back at our hut sent us off to bed dreaming about our next day’s adventure along the classic “W” route on the front side of the Park.
Bridget Schletty

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Mama Munford - Just showed Grandele the posts and pics and she was amazed and proud of you! Forgot to get her to post a comment…but I would be willing to bet she would say: “AH WOO”. Looks unreal. Keep it up skittles-clad-badasses!!
xoxo B

Posted by: Blair on 1/31/2017 at 11:14 am

I just discovered this blog! Gorgeous photos! Looking forward to your next update. High five and big hugs to Missy!!!

Posted by: Laurie on 1/31/2017 at 6:59 am

Torres Del Paine: Elias and Team Endure Trek to Lake Grey

The equator of our journey has been reached; greetings from Lake Grey. We had an interesting (by all means) hike between “Los Perros camp” and Grey Hut. With the longest of our stages ahead, an early start despite the lingering rain showers, was required. Soon after dawn we were packing up and heading uphill towards Gardner Pass, the highest point of our entire trek, with deteriorating weather. The rain became snow, and the wind gusts plastered it against our gloves, packs and faces reminding us of where we were. But the group didn’t give in, and despite a long 3 hours of unpleasant coldness, slippery trails and loaded packs, we reached the saddle that would initiate our descent to the western slope of the Olguin Range.
Winds died down, precipitation vanished and clouds lifted; the Patagonian Gods had now befriended us as a recognition for the perseverance of everyone in the group. As a reward, they laid out a view of the Glacier Grey, one of the terminus of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the third largest continental mass of ice on the planet. Wow.
The day continued uneventful, warm and pleasant, just with long hours of hiking to complete a 13 mile day of rugged terrain that, after five days, brought us to the place where day tourist visit coming by boat from the other side of the lake, completely oblivious of what it takes to make it here unmotorized.

RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos

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Your last blog entries included “scrapes and scars”, “scrambling through chutes and ladders”, “ice axe mode”, “quick crash course”, “metal spikes crunching”, “clumsy foot from plummeting”, “icy chute”......WTH !?!?!?!

You promised Dad this was piece of cake.Be careful for him. (I know you are having a blast and he’s just a wuss….ignore him, just like usual). He’s checking his weather channel iPhone app all the time to see whats going on, cant wait to hear all about it. Get lots of close-ups of you and your crew. YTG Monster Boy

Posted by: Monster on 1/30/2017 at 3:24 am


Fay and I are following you daily on your journey!  We are so proud of you and truly the entire group.  It is often the most difficult things we do that end up being the most satisfying.

Posted by: Cam Moss on 1/29/2017 at 10:15 am

Torres del Paine: Elias & Team Trek Into Los Perros Camp

Good evening from “Los Perros Camp”. Our third day marked a before and after on our trip; the start of the journeys along the less crowded “back side of the park” which is walked by a fraction of a percentage of the visitors, the narrower and more primitive trails, the more frequent but also elusive fauna (indigenous ducks, woodpeckers or owls were seen along the path…) are now our territory. But it also marked a change in the weather, which has confined us to our tents since we arrived to camp. Being in Patagonia, is a synonym for mysticism, and glacial lakes, towering peaks and dense forests wouldn’t be the same without its clouds, misty rain and restless winds. With the gradual climb that we started in the morning, we arrived at the highest camp of all where we’ll spend a night. Not too wet, and in great spirits, we had dinner under the covered structure that the park service erected here, and we’re now headed to bed in anticipation of the big day ahead tomorrow.
More to come from our adventure,

RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos and team

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Sounds like y’all are having a lot of fun! I hope it’s not too rainy and that you’re getting some incredible pictures :) I am so jealous of everything y’all have achieved so far! Go Mommy!!! Xoxo

Posted by: Allie on 1/28/2017 at 9:32 am

Lucy - Sounds great, except for the wind and rain and clouds and altitude and the “start of our gradual climb” and being “confined to our tents”, of course.  I am sincerely hoping this isn’t guide-speak.  I know you are loving this and are truly in your element.  We miss you and I anxiously await your return and the rewards of St Barth.  Much love, C

Posted by: Carter on 1/27/2017 at 6:01 pm

Torres del Paine: Elias & Team Trek to Lake Dickson

And day two on the trails went by… Greetings from Lake Dickson!

What a pleasant journey we had. Walking along the park boundary, following the Paine River, we had the Argentinean border at a stone’s throw to the right for most of the day. We learned about several local flower and plant species (too bad the orchids were already withered) and experience also some Patagonian weather, with stronger winds and rain as we surmounted the highest point of the day “Paso del Viento”, but that in no means slowed anyone down during the short time it lasted. Upon arrival to camp, the views of the first glaciers popped up from within the mountains and an evening hike along the beach of Lake Dickson, after dinner, brought us the reward of seeing small icebergs afloat its waters as dusk approached. More to come tomorrow, stay tuned and follow along!

RMI Guides Elías de Andres Martos

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Gorgeous! So envious of your adventure! Stay safe & love every moment! We miss you at work but know you are having an amazing time <3 Catherine B.

Posted by: Catherine on 1/27/2017 at 5:57 am

Looks gorgeous!!! Wish I was out hiking with y’all. Relish being emersed in nature while you have it. Going to show this to Grandele this weekend. Love and miss you all the way from Alabama :) xoxo blair

Posted by: Blair on 1/26/2017 at 7:01 pm

Torres del Paine: Elias & Team Enter Torres Del Paine National Park

And Day One on the trails just happened. A cloudy and windy morning in Puerto Natales, gave way to sunny skies at the gate of the Torres Del Paine National Park. The incredible relief of the rock monoliths was a huge contrast with anything around us so far, prompting constant jaw dropping photo opportunities, as curious guanacos (small camel like animals) posed to complete the scene. Our time along the trails was a pleasant warm up of five hours along the foothills of Cerro Paine, where a solid hour of hiking through wild daisy flower meadows was the most iconic. We’re now camped at Seron Camp, where its cook “Pollo” prepared a delicious soup and chicken dish for us.

Stay tuned for more!
RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

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The two photos on blog make me so jealous. Know the scene is extraordinary. We all miss you here and wish we were there. Lots of love and stay healthy. Kathryn

Posted by: Kathryn LeBey on 1/26/2017 at 4:09 am

Lucy - we miss you.  Hope the hiking is great.  Cloey is doing well, amazingly she ran from our house past the Matthews house last night on our walk.  All great on the home front.  Pollo made a chicken dish?  Surprising.  I am sure it was great after a full day on the trail.  Love you!

Posted by: Carter & Chris on 1/25/2017 at 6:43 pm

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