Puerto Natales Warnings and Dangers

  • Our faces when the tent was almost breaking hehehe
    Our faces when the tent was almost...
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    Changing Weather and a lot of Win

    by ezaguryk Written Feb 11, 2005

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    The weather change very fast: It is raining and after 1 hour you have the sun. You never know how it will be. On the same day, you can have the 4 season in a same day. Recommend to be prepared for rain, snow, wind and also heat (yes I know it is crazy)

    The Wind: he is incredible the wind that there is and the force that it has. This is only in summer. Take your precaution when you are camping. The truth that scares to more than ones, being in Salto grande, felt that the wind took to me, some guide tell me to put some rock on the pocket to feel more secure. Just watch the photo…… a new hair style j aja ja ja ja ja ja

    El Clima cambia muy rápido. Puede estar lloviendo y después de una hora sale el sol. En un mismo día puedes tener las 4 estaciones. Recomiendo que estén preparados para la lluvia, la nieve, el viento y el calor. (Si es una locura)

    El Viento: es increíble el viento que hay y la fuerza que tiene. Esto es solo en verano. Tengan cuidado cuando están acampando. La verdad que me asuste una vez, estando en salto grande, sentía que el viento me llevaba. Solo miren la foto un nuevo peinado j aja j aja ja

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    Renting Equipment (Important)

    by perfectly_zen Updated Feb 4, 2005

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    Our faces when the tent was almost breaking hehehe

    If you want to go camping in Torres, since the hostels inside the park are soooooo expensive, you don´t need to bring equipment with you, nor buy it. There are lots of renting stores in Puerto Natales, and they are not expensive. The majority of guesthouses also rent equipment for a similar price (the total price for the rent of stove, tent, sleeping bag etc.. will be aprox. 4500 pesos per day...mor or less what you will be paying to sleep). However, beware with the quality of the equipment, mainly when it comes to tents.
    To camp in Torres you MUST have a low and waterproof tent, not just a common iglu...a low tent with more than 4 points of fixation to the ground, prepared for the windy periods (those advices I got from the forest guard in Torres). The problem is that many stores rent the regular waterproof iglus...and if you are not a camping expert who knows the best spot to place your tent, position etc...the chances of you being exposed to rain, heavy wind and then breaking your tent are high. I saw lots of broken tents along the way...
    If you can´t find or can´t afford those special tents, then be ULTRA careful when picking a spot to place your tent and when building it, and take with you those wind breakers....
    Other thing: some campings in torres (specially Pehoe) have some depressions on the soil from the use, if there´s rain coming do not place the tent over those depressions....they will become "lakes", like the picture above.
    So when you rent equipment in Puerto Natales:
    1. check, yourself, the type of the tent and if it is in appropriate conditions;
    2. check if it is apropriate for wind, and if it is waterproof
    3. don´t forget the rent waterproof isolation as well
    4. remember you will be carrying this tent along the way, the lighter the better.

    For those staying in the Hosterias, you should also take a sleeping bag....they rent some, but it´s much more expensive...

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    Be careful not to fly in Torres...=D

    by perfectly_zen Updated Feb 2, 2004

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    After the rain.......

    Well, that?s not exactly a danger...let?s take it as a funny challenge.
    If there?s one thing that can really harass our stay in Torres del paine, that will be the wind.
    The wind (thank god) is not constant, it comes in sudden rushes...and usually you can predict it?s coming and then protect yourself. The most windy period is usually in the summer....I?ve heard the winter is much colder but there isn?t so much wind.
    It?s known for everyone that the wind in some parts of patagonia is quite strong. I was also warned about that.. But I did not know that it could push you to the ground!!!!! If the weather is bad, there will be times you?ll find yourself grabed to the rocks! It can get the speed of 100 km/h (tornadoes have 300....)
    Well, that?s not dangerous, in fact it?s even funny. Huahaaha!! I remember hilarious situations.
    But what is really important is to be prepared for it...if you are camping, take the right clothes and equipment for wind: low tents, the lower the better (otherwise you?ll have a broken tent...). By carefull with the plastic bags, because if the wind takes it you won?t we able to get it back and this means trash in a wonderful untouched place....And try to protect your ears...
    The rest is fun!!!!!

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