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by Mike McNamee Published 01/02/2016


Volcanic activity Torres del Paine

Did you have local maps?
Yes, they were purchased locally and allowed us to see the areas we were visiting in context with the rest of Argentina and Chile. We also used trail maps for the two parks we visited.

How well marked are the paths?
Extremely well marked and maintained. As well as 'public' paths which could be used by anyone others, marked on the maps were trails which could only be used when accompanied by a guide.

Were there many other people about?
Not in great numbers. We went at the beginning of the recognised season and the industry was just gearing up for a busy summer.

What is your favourite moment or experience of the trip?
Funnily enough the day it rained. I wasn't expecting much and after about four hours I was on the edge of a clearing storm and then we boarded a boat onto Lago Grey and the glacier loomed large in front with stunning rime ice starting to appear in the mountains to the side.

Which is your favourite image from the trip and why?
My image of Fitzroy which became my 'signature print' from the trip and hangs in the Moel Siabod Cafe. It was one of those moments when it all came together and you knew you were experiencing something very special that you would remember for the rest of your life. Very much the same feeling I got when photographing 'Tryfan Skylight' previously published in the magazine.

Would you go back again?
Not usually an advocate of revisiting places as I fear it may break the spell. I go with no expectations and so everything is new and an adventure. Would I be so lucky with the weather again? Don't get me wrong though, it is one of the most stunning places on Earth and it will live in my memory and heart forever.

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