"We Can All Bear What We Think We Can't Bear"

Day 2 of a 4 night, 5 day trek through Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, I was in over my head. After hiking 17 miles that day to Grey Glacier, I had developed a cold and a swollen ankle. Returning to camp was no such relief as we learned of an impending rainstorm. Some background information: we are not seasoned backpackers and our tent had no tarp or footprint underneath it. Visions of waking up in cold puddles of rain flooded our minds and we anticipated waking up sore, cold, sick and having to carry 30 lb packs on another strenuous hike the next day. “How are we gonna do that?” the 4 of us wondered. A year ago, my friends proposed an idea: a backpacking trip to 5 coun

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