Blown Away in Patagonia

4 Apr

The title pretty much says it all.  We had heard that we should expect some ferocious winds during our time trekking Torres del Paine in Chile and in the Parque National Los Glaciers  in Argentina.  We sort of thought people were exaggerating when they said you might literally be knocked down sometimes, but that’s exactly what happened to me on more than one occasion.  The winds can supposedly reach speeds, in bursts, of 180 kilometers per hour!  We didn’t feel anything that strong, but there were times when it was strong enough that we had to just give up for a bit, sit down, and wait it out.

So far, hiking in Patagonia has been one of the highlights of our trip.  We love the feel of the small mountain towns, and just when you think the scenery can’t get more spectacular, it does.  We’ve got lots to say about each of these parks, but for now we’ll leave you with a video of some of our windiest moments.

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5 Responses to “Blown Away in Patagonia”

  1. Amy Hume April 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    I think that might be worse than our winds in Golden have been this year! Although there was day I had to hold Casey’s hand going into the grocery store for fear of her flying away. Fun times – enjoy!

    • Ashley April 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

      Yikes, a flying Casey! I’ve never felt wind that strong, though I’ve never been near a tornado or hurricane, which I suppose would be much worse…

  2. Marnie April 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Geez. Fascinating but it does not look fun! Makes me think of all the awful windy runs I’ve ever done. You work twice as hard.

    • Ashley April 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

      It was definitely not always fun, but it was so insane that we just had to keep laughing at the absurdity of getting blown into the bushes every 5 minutes!

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