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Torres Del Paine W Trek Patagonia 

Good morning Trail Climb Nation. We are back to writing in full force after spending the holidays with friends and family. The great thing about going back home for the holidays is getting to see all your loved ones. I remember in my college days, going home was a chance to catch up with all your high school friends who had split up over the years. In your mid-twenties more and more of these friends scatter about but on this trip home I got to catch up with not just a high school friend but one of my closest friends ever.

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It had been a few years since I had seen my dear friend Jed. He came up to the front door and walked in like he had done nearly every weekend for all of our high school years. Immediately we started condensing the last three years into a twenty minute conversation. Jed had traveled the world in these last three years while doing extremely well in law school. I introduced him to my amazing wife Alisha and caught him up on school and our travels. Eventually we began to discuss where our next travel would take us. Jed mentioned in February he would be doing the W Trek in Patagonia. My ears perked up at the sound of Patagonia. I had only dreamed of visiting this place and I took in every thing Jed could divulge on the area.

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The Torres Del Paine W Trek is a 60km trek located in Torres Del Paine National Park. Every website I have researched claims the hike only takes 4-5 days to complete, if you hike 5-10 hours a day. One travel site described the W Trek as “The visually stunning W Trek – highlighting the best of Torres del Paine such as Grey Glacier, French Valley, and the base of the Towers – is a once-in-a-lifetime experience”. The W Trek looks to me like one of the best back packing trips one could take. Not only do you get to see some of the most beautiful sights in the world but you get to test yourself.

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That has always been one of the things I love about hiking and the outdoors. I love hiking to beautiful places that are off the beaten path because it can test you. The W Trek is described as many websites as moderate. However, the area is met with absolutely insane weather changes. Being from Oklahoma I thought I had been accustomed to crazy weather but Patagonia is a whole different story. This area can change from 70 degrees to 20 in a matter of minutes. Apparently the area is fed by the Arctic winds that can drop the temperature very rapidly.

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The W trek is a backpacking trip that will test you. You will be rewarded with beautiful sights and the ability to know you are capable of anything. http://www.sidetracked.com/torres-del-paine-w-trek-patagonia/ described the trip as follows, “This entire trip can be summarised in one word: grandeur, both external and internal. There is, of course, the immensity and majesty of the landscape, but also the shock of my own personal endurance when confronted by capricious weather and the limitations of my own body. In Patagonia, not only am I reminded that the earth is alive, but I too am exhilarated and feel alive.” Good luck and safe travels Jed.

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