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A True Adventure at Cerro Castillo Viejo

A True Adventure at Cerro Castillo Viejo

Posted by Juan Gavasa on February 16, 2014

The expedition was arranged with two other guides of Torres Del Paine National Park, Trisha and her brother Justin. We came up with the idea spur of the moment while on our days off over a cold Austral Lager in a “gringo bar” called “Base camp and Erratic Rock” owned by a friend of mine in Puerto Natales.

While we planned to climb the mountain, the Base Camp crew offered us the old, beat up staff hippie van to get to the base of the mountain. The next day we were chugging along the pampas listening to Ziggy Marley with our make-shift speaker and iPod combination. The weather looked okay enough to summit the mountain, but as those of us who live in Patagonia know – the weather can take a turn for the worse any minute.

After about an hour and a half we turned the bend into a beautiful Patagonian scene of Notofagus trees, looking up at Cerro Castillo Viejo mountain. The mountain looks like a giant castle, hence the name and the same name to the border with Argentina close by.

We hiked the route, fairly easy, up the north-east face until the moraine. We scrambled up this to the flat summit with strong wind gusts coming off the snow cap hitting us with force.

We found a fairly protected spot looking down a stunning valley of the Patagonian steppe to have lunch. Trisha produced incredible sandwiches filled with famous Chilean avocado, turkey and red onion to munch on, followed by Salami and cheese.

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