Chilling in Chilean Patagonia, at Basecamp: Donini Bivy!

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Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 1, 2013 - 07:29am PT
Working class Chile bump, for those that read ST at the breakfast table, or at work.

Road trip lunch stop.
Road trip lunch stop.
Credit: Fritz

First Light on Mt. San Valentin, 13,350' from Lago General Carrera at 718'.
Credit: Fritz

Heidi making friends at La Tienda.
Credit: Fritz
steveA

Trad climber
bedford,massachusetts
Apr 1, 2013 - 08:02am PT
Thanks for the fine T.R.

My daughter is somewhere down there right now, heading North from El Chalten.

BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Apr 1, 2013 - 09:05am PT
It looks like Heaven. I'm curious as to other places along the Chilean coast, given my ocean plans, which are basically to take off in my new boat.

The southern archipelago looks pretty wild from Google Earth. Donini's place is also incredible. How big is that lake? I think that it straddle's the border, correcto?
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 1, 2013 - 09:12am PT
The lake is 95 miles long, 2 to 15 miles wide and encompasses 588 sq. miles. It is one of the deeper lakes in the World at 2,500 ft....interesting since the surface is only 680 ft. above sea level. It extends into the Patagonian Desert in Argentina where it reaches it's greatest width. There is just enough glacial silt to give it that beautiful aquamarine color. Researchers from Stanford tested the water and were amazed at how pure it was.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 1, 2013 - 09:18am PT
Yeah, Lago General Carrera / Lago Buenos Aires is shared by Chile and Argentina. Itís 1850 km2, thus the largest lake in Chile and the fourth in Argentina.

Baser, is that boat actually big enough?
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 1, 2013 - 09:28am PT
Combining the area in Chile and Argentina makes it the second largest lake in South America behind Titicaca.
In my mind it's the largest, a lake is defined as a body of water. The volume of water in Carrera, given it's great depth, exceeds that of Titicaca.
Give that definition the largest lake in the world is Lake Baikal.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 1, 2013 - 05:29pm PT
I took a photo of a somewhat fantastic structure on a hill above Chile Chico, but I have no idea what inspired it, or what purpose, if any, it serves.

Is anyone in the know?

Credit: Fritz
Amy Ness

climber
ND
Apr 1, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
Awesome! Myles and I just got back yesterday...it's a beautiful place.
Just FYI, we crossed the border to renew our visas and had to hitch back so I asked the driver about all the shrines- apparently some of them are for people who died on the road, but most are for saints and people leave them gifts...all the little houses. Anyway, just thought it was kind of cool. Glad you had a good trip!
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 2, 2013 - 08:02pm PT
Amy: Thanks for joining in!

RE your mention that the roadside shrines can be for saints, that are being remembered along the road.

When we drove south of Chile Chico, Angela mentioned that a roadside shrine, with a stack of empty bottles, was for a saintly woman that died of thirst in the arid lands nearby.

We then noted two more roadside shrines with stacks of empty bottles to the west of Chile Chico.



Lots of empty bottles and not enough saints?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 2, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
Yes, all the ones I saw were packed with empty booze bottles. Apparently
God hates a sober person in S America. More sobering is the thought of
those 'mourners/worshipers' getting back on the road.

Credit: Reilly
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