If there is one thing we have learned as trekking specialists, it’s that trekking is one of the best ways to feel human and that throwing lots of dollars at expensive niche gear is not always conducive to having said amazing experience. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 8 things you don’t need to see what you can get away with leaving behind!
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If you’ve worked long and hard to make your Patagonia hiking dream a reality you don’t want to risk being scuppered by unexpected kit failure. That’s why whenever we set out hiking in Patagonia, we always pack the duct tape. If you’re wondering why, here are 15 reasons to get you started!
Down on the hiking trails of Patagonia, hiking poles (or trekking poles if you prefer!) are a bit of a contentious issue. Everybody knows they reduce the impact on your knees and improve balance and stability, making it easier to cross streams and slippery rocks. If you’re setting off on a trekking adventure, make sure you read our list of 25 things you never knew about hiking poles first!
There are plenty of thrilling multi-day hikes in Patagonia, and the advice for eating on the trail is clear: You should be snacking every two hours to keep your energy levels high. But the guidance on exactly what you should be eating can be confusing. Is trail mix the ideal trekking treat or just a sugary, fat-filled snack posing as health food? Does dried fruit beat fresh fruit by taking up less space or does it contain hidden sugars and fats? And is there anything wrong with eating a high fat diet when hiking anyway?
The Torres del Paine W Trek is a classic route around the most breathtakingly beautiful national park in Chilean Patagonia. Threading its way around megalithic mountains, splashing through icy streams, creeping past grumbling glaciers and winding through elegant verdigris forests, it’s not hard to see why the W Trek is one of the most iconic hikes in South America. But as you’d imagine for a multi-day hike at in the unblemished wilds at the bottom of the world, there’s a certain amount of kit, clothing and preparation that goes into completing and enjoying this unique challenge. That’s why we’ve come up with the ultimate packing and preparation list for the Torres del Paine W Trek. This is it. The daddy of all W Trek checklists. The only one you’ll ever need!
Living an eco-friendly life doesn’t have to mean simply going without! Reduction is just one strategy to lessen our impact on the world around us. Reuse and Recycling are also proactive ways that you can live a greener life with all of the same comforts as anybody else, even when you’re travelling. We’ve put together a list of our Top Eco Travel Gadgets to help you tread lightly on your Patagonia vacation!
When you hike in Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, there’s a good argument for leaving the iPod at home and devoting all of your attention to the sounds of the birds and animals, the whistling wind and the crack-boom-splash of icebergs splitting from the giant glaciers and dropping into one of the many lakes. On the other hand, if you’re feeling tired and demoralised the perfect upbeat tune could be just the thing to keep you pushing on to the next rest stop, whilst a downbeat song can make the otherworldly scenery even more stirring.
A good playlist should have as many ups and downs as the landscape of the national park itself, including songs for contemplation, songs for motivation, and songs to enjoy when you’re on top of the world. It would be impossible to put together a playlist for every minute of the long Paine Circuit Trek or even the shorter W Trek, but here are our essentials for you to build your own hiking playlist around.