This page is dedicated to all of you who love trekking. Making the right choices will help to stay more comfortable at all times.
Sometimes it is cold and sometimes it is hot. All the same day. So what should you use to avoid or reduce perspiration and feel comfortable? Well the use of layers is the best advice. The idea is to add cloth or take off cloth depending the circumstances. Doing so will help your body to mantain a comfortable and constant temperature. Today, is easy to find sinthetic fibers that are developed to remove perspiration, becoming better than any natural fiber. For the upper body the first is a t-shirt made from sinthetic breathable "thermal" fabric. A as second layer you can use a long sleeve shirt of the same fabric and then a sinthetic fleece sweate or jacket. This wil protect you from moisture and wind. Anyway, it is a good thing to carry a very warm woolen sweater with you. Thermal underwear is recommended specially in cold nights.
Whet it gets Wet
Patagonia weather changes without notice and that is why you should carry a windproof and waterproof rain jacket. Some experienced trekkers use rubberised rainwear to "cut-off" the rain. Waterproof overtrousers are recommended and gaiters to avoid water run down to your feet. Gaiters can protect your legs from vegetation as well.
Protecting your head
Patagonia sun burns, so it is important to use a hat that covers your head, your neck and your ears. UV protection sunglasses are recommended for all higher treks. Binoculars are also useful specially for fauna and bird watching.
Protecting your Feet
Protecting you feet is also a serious thing. I have seen some who have used new shoes for trekking and have got lots of blisters and pain. Boots or shoes must be worn-in before and should be robust to protect ankle and heel, but should be flexible at the same time. A Waterproof inner lining will help to kee you feet dry. It is a good thing to spray all over your boots or shoes a waterproofing product.
The load must be on your hips, so the bakcpack must be robust with adjustable waist belts. If the load is weighted on your shoulders you may suffer pain and permanent injury to your back. Shoulder straps are meant to steady the backpack only. It is good to use removable daypacks to attach to the top. It is a good advice to put inside the backpack a big garbage bag first and then put all your things in. Backpacks are never 100% waterproof so it is a good way to keep them dry. A 70 liter volume is ok.
If you are a serious trekker you may prefer to bring your own high quality tent. I remember once trekking in the big circuit in Torres del Paine in summer. A cold front got us in Los Perros, we got all wet, I could not move my right hand because of the cold and the tent did not pass the test. When you are in a kind of an emergency tent is like home and they worth the extra cost.
Sleeping Bag & Mattress
Sleeping bag should be at least -20Cº. Some bags are compact and have very good isolation but if they get wet, take more time to dry and nights may be uncomfortable. Other with synthetic fill, may be bulkier but have better insulation properties even they are wet. A light mattress is necesary. Some prefer inflatables.
Because of accidents that have damaged National Parks, some have prohibited campfires. It is a good thing to bring with you at least a small stove. Utensiles and stove fuel are available in Patagonia.
Because of accidents that have damaged National Parks, some have prohibited campfires. It is a good thing to bring with you at least a small stove. Utensiles and stove fuel are available in Patagonia. Gas stoves are very popular, safe and esay to use. Disposable gas canisters that can be found without a problem in hardware stores. More experienced trekkers would prefer Gasolines that work fine even at very low temperature.
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