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    1. 01-28-2020 06:59 AM #1
      Getting ready to leave for Chile to hike the O Circuit followed by a short trip to Argentina to hike Fitz Roy and some other stuff. Figured I'd post some pictures from our travels.

      27 by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Food for our trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

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    3. 02-19-2020 06:59 AM #2
      Map by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      On the flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas we could see the glaciers
      Flying to Chile by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Flying to Chile by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Flying to Chile by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      Of course my backpack didn't make it to the final destination. We stayed the night in a hostel in Puerto Natales, and the airline found my bag. They agreed to deliver to us the next day (a 3 hour drive from the airport). So we hung and relaxed. The owner of the Erratic Rock Hostel (where we stayed) bought a pizza and beer for our trouble!
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      Their cat - Casper, sleeping on my jacket
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      Lots of homeless dogs around Puerto Natales
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      Driving around the town
      Puerto Natales, Chile by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      Finally, my bag showed up!
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      After that we were on our way to Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales. It's about a 2.5hr drive, we were stating a little later than we had hoped, but with all the daylight down there we would be okay.

      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      Guanaco - these were everywhere
      Guanaco by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      Getting our permits set
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      At the start
      Day 1 to Camp Seron by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 1 to Camp Seron by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 1 to Camp Seron by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

    4. 02-21-2020 02:18 PM #3
      Day 2: 12 miles (maybe a little more). We hiked to Camp Dickson, got a little bit of rain on the way there but not too much.

      Day 2: Serano to Dickson by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 2: Serano to Dickson by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 2: Serano to Dickson by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 2: Serano to Dickson by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 2: Serano to Dickson by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 2: Serano to Dickson by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 2: Serano to Dickson by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 2: Serano to Dickson by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

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    6. 03-01-2020 09:38 AM #4
      Day 3: 7 miles. Dickson to los Perros. Started out the morning at Dickson, the rain had cleared and the sun eventually came out. Glacier los Perros was gorgeous. I hiked back to it at midnight to check it out since it was a clear night.

      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 3 Camp Dickson to los Perros by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 3 Camp Dickson to los Perros by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 3 Camp Dickson to los Perros by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 3 Camp Dickson to los Perros by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 3 Camp Dickson to los Perros by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 3 Camp Dickson to los Perros by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 3 Camp Dickson to los Perros by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 3 Camp Dickson to los Perros by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 3 Camp Dickson to los Perros by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 3 Camp Dickson to los Perros by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Glacier los Perros by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Glacier los Perros by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Glacier los Perros by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

    7. 03-07-2020 11:47 AM #5
      Day 4: los Perros to Grey. Probably our favorite day on the trail. Roughly 14 miles of hiking. Started out at los Perros, then we hiked up and over the John Gardner Paso, and hiked alongside the massive Grey Glacier. Weather was perfect, such an incredible day.

      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      A bit muddy at times.
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      And rooty.
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 4 los Perros to Grey by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

    8. 03-21-2020 11:33 AM #6
      Day 5: Started at Refugio Grey and hiked to our campsite at Paine Grande, just under 7 miles of hiking today. Mostly flat but HOT! Lots of people as we are officially in the more popular "W" Circuit area.

      Started off by checking out the Glacier Grey in the morning.
      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 5 Grey to Paine Grande by Geoff Potter, on Flickr


    9. 03-22-2020 10:08 AM #8
      Day 7: Camp Frances to Las Torres. Just shy of 12 miles today and our last day on the trek. We will come back later to finish the hike to Mirador base de las Torres (the famous shot you always see associated with Torres del Paine). It was another hot day, but not too challenging.

      Day 7 Frances to Las Torres by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 7 Frances to Las Torres by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 7 Frances to Las Torres by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      39: Day 7 Frances to Las Torres by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 7 Frances to Las Torres by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 7 Frances to Las Torres by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 7 Frances to Las Torres by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 7 Frances to Las Torres by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 7 Frances to Las Torres by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 7 Frances to Las Torres by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Day 7 Frances to Las Torres by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      After that we drove over to Argentina. About 100 miles on rough roads with absolutely NOTHING in sight. Beautiful moonrise though.
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

    10. 03-22-2020 12:03 PM #9
      Day 8 & 9 were spent exploring El Calafate and El Chalten in Argentina. Pretty incredible here, wish we would have stayed a bit longer!

      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      El Chalten, Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      El Chalten, Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      El Chalten, Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      El Chalten, Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      El Chalten, Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

    11. 03-23-2020 09:02 AM #10
      Day 9: Woke up and hiked Laguna Capri before we made the drive back to Torres del Paine in Chile to stay at our hotel for the remainder of our trip. The clouds lifted and we were able to see Fitz Roy in all its glory. One of the most stunning mountain ranges I've ever seen. Wish we could have spent more time here, we had originally planned on hiking to the base of Fitz Roy but didn't have time. The drive out of El Chalten was also spectacular as you see the jagged peaks in your rear view mirror.

      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

      On our way back to Chile
      Argentina by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

    12. 03-28-2020 12:20 PM #11
      The next few days were spent relaxing at the hotel and some more exploring in the park. We did the last remaining leg of the "O" Circuit real early one morning up to the Mirador base de las Torres (the famous shot you see in Torres del Paine). I drove around the last day in the park on my own and ran a couple trails as well. All in all, a really awesome trip. Not as "fulfilling" as our John Muir Trail trek back in 2015 but definitely an adventure.

      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      43: Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip 2020 by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip 2020 by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip 2020 by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip 2020 by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      View from Rio Serano hotel by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Trail running in Patagonia by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Torres del Paine by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip 2020 by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip 2020 by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip 2020 by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip 2020 by Geoff Potter, on Flickr
      Chile & Argentina trip 2020 by Geoff Potter, on Flickr

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      03-30-2020 11:32 AM #12
      You magnificent bastard.

      I showed some to my wife and she's like, "yes, please!" She was all Nope Nope Nope with the suspension bridge, though.

      What camera did you use?
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    14. 03-30-2020 02:37 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by GreenandChrome View Post
      You magnificent bastard.

      I showed some to my wife and she's like, "yes, please!" She was all Nope Nope Nope with the suspension bridge, though.

      What camera did you use?
      Thanks man! I used the same camera's I had on the JMT back in 2015! Sony RX100M2 and a GoPro Hero 4, also my iPhone 8. I thought about doing an upgrade to either the GoPro or iPhone before we left but didn't feel the need. Those suspension bridges (3 that day) were hairy!! At least it wasn't windy

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