Patagonia. It’s the proverbial mother ship. The ultimate goal. The dream. Fantasy. On the hiker’s scale of 1-hell yeah! It’s above the hell yeah level. But it isn’t for the faint-hearted or the unprepared. Even though we are over five months away from our Patagonia pleasure trip we’re in full preppers mode.
No not the end of the world, bunkering down in the wilderness preppers but responsible traveller preparations. As we start on this magical journey we’ll be documenting our successes and the likely failures that we’ll come across.
Patagonia. It’s that amazing naturally beautiful mountainous area at the very bottom of South America. It crosses both Argentina and Chile. Famous for adventure and thrill seekers. Also famous for not being a particularly budget friendly area. Which is understandable when you realise that really it is at the end of the world. This isn’t the only area we’re going to visit in South America.
Image Credit: Flickr by Melanama
Get The Gear
Pretty much step one has been ensuring that we have the correct gear for the situation. We do already have quite a lot of gear from our usual adventures but it wasn’t quite right or enough. Trying to find warm pants to fit me has been a first world problem nightmare. Despite the belief that Sth America is a tropical fiesta waiting to happen our time in Patagonia will be chilly.
Purchased to date
Ahnu hiking boots $199
Berghaus backpack $249
Boody – merino underwear and leggings $40
MacPac soft shell pants $119
Total price – $656*
*note outdoor gear is ridiculously expensive in Australia. The above prices were all items on sale over the past two to three months.
We are still in need of some items for this adventure. The usual body wipes, dehydrated food, water bottles.
Use The Gear
Before you go.
Prior preparation prevents a piss poor travel experiences. It’s so important to test out your gear in as many different situations as possible. Our time in Patagonia will see us hiking, hitch hiking and camping for weeks on end potentially. Comfort is my priority. I don’t want to find out in the middle of a 5 day hike that my shoes don’t fit or my pack is terrible when loaded.
Every night we’re out walking, even in the winter chill, making sure that the gear we have bought works well together. For now it’s small walks averaging 4km a night, as this fits in around our full time work schedule. Shortly we’ll up this once I’m confident that all the new things are playing nicely together. Fingers crossed that the next steps will see us walking with loaded packs.
Image credit: Flickr by Solarfer
Fitness is going to form a huge part of our travel experience. Not only are we prepping for Patagonia but we’re also hiking the Lares Track and something in between. Which has yet to be decided and planned. Right now we are at the awkward stage of needing to building up our fitness but also understanding that we will naturally build up fitness when we are hiking. There’s also very little way for us to get used to altitude.
These Are Just The First Steps
These are just the first steps in our preparation. We still need to book bus tickets to get us to Patagonia as well as find our way through the minefield of booking camp sites along the W trek.
Have you been before? Have any great tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments below.
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