Fabio and Angelo, the boys from Brazil, do some yoga stretches before heading out on the second day of hiking to Campamento Torres, under the Torres del Paine for which the park is named.
But after setting up camp and hiking without packs up to the "Torres del Paine" (Towers of Paine), it was all worth the slog up there, they even came out of the mist for us for a few minutes. Beautiful.
The third night, we hiked out to Refugio Los Cuernos, situated under the Cuernos (the Horns) and on the shore of Lago Nordenskjold. That night we were treated to an amazing sunset (at 10pm!) over the lake.
Going from Camp Italiano to Refugio Paine Grande, this was the shores of Lago Skottsberg with the Los Cuernos (the Horns) in the background. They were really spectacular, the different colours on the mountains are different types of rock, it's not shadows. Pretty stunning tricoloured mountains.
Happy feet! My latest camping companion, my crocs (thanks Lala!). My heel (scar from the screen door incident - don't look if squimish) blistered up pretty badly, and my other heel decided to join in after a few days too. Pretty disappointed and not sure why - good boots, broken in, double socks, powdered feet, not sure what else I could have done (have any good anti-blister advice please share!). Could have just been the weight I guess, I was going pretty heavy with 3 peoples dinner, tent and stove as well as personal stuff (sleeping bag, mat, clothes). Either way, it didn't affect my pace too much, just a pest, and was so glad of my crocs in the evenings!
The view from my tent, the moon rising through Los Cuernos. You can really see the two colours of rock here.
The last leg of the W - the hike to Glacier Grey. We did this as a day hike up and back (which was a good choice!) and this is from a viewpoint middway on the hike.
The view of the park as we left today, the Paine Massif. Beautiful. Here is a post with the same picture from when I went here in the snow last year.