Torres Del Paine in March Questions
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Oct 11, 2013 5:26 AM Last Post By: MrDica76
Oct 7, 2013 7:20 PM
Torres Del Paine in March QuestionsMy wife and I are looking to go to Torres Del Paine in March. I have a few questions that I can't seem to find any information on.
1. We would be bringing a large duffle with packs. Is there lockers any where where they could be stashed. Airport would be okay too.
2. Since it starts to get colder in March would a 4 season tent be required or a good idea?
Oct 7, 2013 7:29 PM
1Most hostels/hotels in Puerto Natales have lockers and luggage rooms to store bags.
It can often be 4 seasons in a day in December/January. So this would be a great idea!
Oct 8, 2013 5:01 AM
Oct 8, 2013 5:48 AM
Oct 8, 2013 7:19 AM
4As Trent said, every hotel in Natales will keep for freee you extra luggage as long as you stay one night.
The Las Torres hotel in Torres del Paine accept taht you leave your gear there too, for a few bucks, even if you dont stay there for some night... If you walk to the end of the W, you'll need to get back to the hotel thake recover your gear.
4 season tent... no... you dont' want to carry such a heavy tent, and most campsite are under trees so not exposed to the element...( Campamento Paine Grande is an exception as it is on a welle exposed flat area...) of course wind is always a probleme, but I doubt you'll have bad weather necessiting a 4 season tent... my opinion...
Oct 8, 2013 12:32 PM
Oct 8, 2013 12:55 PM
6you dont' want to carry such a heavy tent, and most campsite are under trees so not exposed to the element
I stayed at Campamento Paine Grande and Cuernos. No problems with being exposed. Spent the night at Campamento Italiano - coldest night of the trip. Slept in all my clothes it was that cold. And apparently cause its not exposed, its not cold?
March will be fairly cold at times - best to be prepared for that.
Oct 8, 2013 2:44 PM
7Refugio Gray was exposed as we weren't allowed to camp in the trees as they were regenerating the area. The high winds bent our expensive 4season tent poles while we were erecting it. Then some careless people tripped over our guy ropes ripping the ropes from their fastenings.
Then onto Argentina and the unrelenting dust in Mount Fitzroy clogged up our tent zips.
So even expensive gear gets trashed in Patagonia :)
Oct 8, 2013 2:45 PM
Oct 8, 2013 6:51 PM
9Thanks for everyone's advise. The debate is on going. We currently have a very light weight Big Anges Seedhouse 3 sl and it's under 4 pounds. Since most of my stuff if very light weight then a heavier tent should not be a problem. Or I would rather carry more and be more comfortable and make sure the tent will make it.
Oct 10, 2013 8:25 AM
10My suggestions vs tents are purely personnal... based on my own experience only...
This said, for our month long trip, I especially bought an ultralight tent to reduce the overall weigh our gear...
I left at home my 4 persons The Nort Face 10 lbs tent... for a Big Agnes Flycreek UL4 at 5 lbs...
This was the best 500$CA/(5 lbs reduction) investied in my life...
That 6 lbs that we didnt have to carry , clearly help us carrying food for 6 days/ 5 personnes on our longer treks.
In addition to the weight reduction, our light tent was clearly suitable to the type of campsites we choosed.... and ''good weather and conditions'' we had..
I definitly enjoyed having a lighter pack for all thoses days without camping but still having to carry our packs...
For sure any 4-season or UL tent can be destroyed by any means from error to bad weather...
For sure if you planned camping on a glacier, in snowstorm condition, ... a 4-season tent is mandatory. Otherwise... a simple and good tent seems to me OK.
My really own 2-cents
Oct 10, 2013 8:37 AM
Oct 11, 2013 5:09 AM
12This is my current tent and recently stood up to 50mph+ winds whilst trekking in Romania.
http://www.tarptent.com/scarp2.html - using the extra poles.
Oct 11, 2013 5:26 AM
13Thanks once again.
I will have to agree that the lightweight Big Anges tent we bought is great at under 4 lbs for a good sized 3 person tent.
We also made great purchases on our Marmont Plasma sleeping bags which we have a 15 and 30 degree rated bags. And they both weigh under about a pound and a half.
We are not actually planing on going until march 2015 and we are going to try and do about 2 weeks and 3 days of that we would like to go to Easter Island.
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