Winter on the Carretera Austral. Part IV. Cochrane to Villa O’Higgins

Villa O’Higgins, the end of the Carretera Austral and the start of our planned escape route out of Chile: a ‘wade’ across the multiple freezing water channels of Paso Rio Mayer (next post).
The last few posts are all centred around Patagonia’s favourite subject: the weather. But down here in Winter it really is the primary consideration for any day’s activity and it’s a topic that’s hard to avoid. … Several ‘rest’ days holed up in Hospedaje Ana Luz gave us time to contemplate how bloody cold it might get. Dropping to -10C and lower at night with undeniable consistency.

Carretera Austral part II. June. Coyhaique to Puerto Tranquilo. Catedrales de Marmol.

…Heading into Patagonian Winter and all the inevitable suffering it would entail, I started to question whether it was all worth it. Then the temperatures started to plummet and the landscapes turned white and my unhelpful attitude started to changed.  I came to realise this would be a whole new experience for me and the excitement I once knew and associated with this trip began to return.  A whole new set of logistics and challenges would be surfacing and I felt that I would be growing once more.

Snowy Volcano Villarica – Pucón

Previously, the idea of climbing with so many people may have bothered me but after climbing mountains, camping in nature and being outdoors for a few years, I have found myself far more accepting of crowds. The craving to get away from society has noticeably diminished and seeking pure solitude has dropped down my list of priorities. Before…

Managing Inevitable Zip Failure on a Long Bicycle Tour

WARNING: this post is about zip repair, which may be quite dull for some. But if you’re going on a long tour it could be quite handy. Top tips / short version: Clean and lubricate the zip (e.g. candle wax, soft 2B pencil, some kind of specialist zip lube: e.g. this ). Fix slider with pliers. Bring spare sliders…

Optimum Productivity on a Bicycle Tour

It’s a cliche. But it’s true. We live in a world of distraction. Every moment of our day ‘things’ are jumping out at us for our attention.  Most of them do nothing to further what is most important to us and should be classed as shallow activities with little meaning to us. In this regard, social media…