In January 2012, my wife Laura and I spent a month walking across Patagonia.
We had originally intended to cross from the Chilean Pacific to Argentinian Atlantic coast on foot. We pursued this goal for about three weeks but, after some tough going and complications with a food re-supply, we shifted our plans for the final week and instead explored Torres del Paine and went kayaking.
Top 10 Things to Do in Patagonia – Guest blog from Luke Errington at Swoop Patagonia
Primus OmniLite Ti – Review of the multifuel stove we took
Patagonia Kit List – Review of the equipment we took with us
These are the posts that I wrote on my blog whilst away on expedition:
- Patagonia Plan – An overview of our expedition plans
- Journey to the Coast – The first week trying to reach the Pacific coast
- South through the Mountains – Walking through the Andes
- Across the Wastelands – In anticipation of our crossing the desert
- What It’s Like – A description of a day’s hardship
- Back from South America – A brief synopsis of what went down in Patagonia
Both Laura and I kept a written diary whilst we were away which are being posted on the blog retrospectively over the coming weeks:
- This Life of Uncertainty and Wandering – Written one month before departure, discussing motivations for the trip.
- The Light at the End of the Tunnel – A week before we fly, Patagonia is a finish line.
- Out of My Depth but Swimming Strong – Enjoying the familiar feeling of the unfamiliar in a foreign country.
- Hitching Along the Carretera Austral – Hot, dusty, demoralising work.
- An English Concern with Manners – A local guy puts us up for the night.
- Subtle Contradictions of Expedition Life – You want it be over but you never want it to end.
- What’s the Point? – Laura questions the purpose of it all.
- 400 Metres – Reading guides and descriptions is not always beneficial.
- Adventurous, Not Arduous – Laura’s approach to expeditions.
- Masochism? – My approach to expeditions sometimes differs from Laura’s.
- What Would You Take? – Our little in-joke about inappropriate equipment for a mountain environment.
- The Contents of My Lid Pocket – A light philosophical look at how what I carry reflects what I do.
- Zombie State – Mindless marching for the coast.
- Where Are We? – Laura muses about the backwater we’ve ended up in.
You can browse all of the articles here
Who kindly gave us a brand new not-yet-on-the-shelves titanium multi-fuel stove – the Primus OmniLite Ti – which performed excellently.
These guys really opened the door for our contacts down south. They organised adventure travel holidays in Patagonia.
A trekking company based in El Chalten who were extremely helpful to us when we arrived.
A beautiful and homely wilderness camp who offer trips and cook great food.