On August 29th, Tom, Ellen, Mark, and I headed up to the Refugio (re-foo-ee-hoe) near the end of Tres Maries ski run so we could cut down on the time to summit Nevados from 5-6 hours to only around 3 hours and hopefully make a third and final attempt to finally summit Nevados.
The Refugio, a building located in the mountains intended to provide food and shelter to mountaineers, climbers and hikers; is about a 2 hour hike up and lookers-left of the Tres Maries ski run at Nevados de Chillan that follows parts of the snow mobile and snow cat tracks.
The day we strolled in after hitch hiking a ride to the mountain was a very relaxed one, drinking wine, playing cards and dice, to wait to eat a dinner an watch the sunset behind the deep, heavy peaks of the Andes.
|Volcan Nuevo and Viejo in the distance.|
Waking up at 7:30am to a warm cot and a howling wind, I didn't want to move too far. Luckily, it wasn't too cold this time around so throwing on my snow pants wasn't too rough. Also, luckily, Tom was up before me and had gotten a fire started to feed the coffee addiction. It didn't hurt too, that we got woken up by a beautiful sunrise that came through the window facing Volcan Nuevo and Viejo.
|Volcan Nuevo and Viejo with a beautiful, alpen glow sunrise.|
Hiking for only 35 minutes we hit the ridge where we stopped before, making great time. Mark was the first to reach the top of the nole, and you could tell that he knew something, with his 5 year old being disappointed posture, that the crew behind him didn't know. It wasn't until I was standing next to him that I felt the wind screaming at us with what I would think would be a constant, violent 60 mph rate. Funny too, because just below that ridge there was no wind at all and it we weren't high in elevation yet. We could barely stand on the nole without being blown all around.
|Tom and Ellen dealing with the wind.|
In a laughing tone Mark responds, "I'm going to get it. I have no idea when, but it'll happen!"
Dropping back down slope, following our skin track, we headed back to the Refugio and started drinking the last bit of wine that we have left in our box...at 9:30am.
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