jeinemeni national park, chile

a secret gem of wilderness territory

Jeinemeni National Park, Chile is not easy to get to, but it's worth all the effort. Our time in the park was the first four days of a seven day trek from Chile Chico - Cochrane, and one of our favorite sections of Greater Patagonia. Savage, untouched beauty set at the edges of a riverbed valley.

Travel Tip: Make sure you bring your river shoes! Thirty crossings in three days, feet numb from the raging glacial melt. When doing a river crossing, it's always easiest to walk in a tangent to how the river is running. Brace against your front leg and step carefully - rocks are known to scoot beneath your feet.

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Who Are We?

The trees were leaning backwards, totally overwhelmed by the raging wind. Swept up against each other as if they were afraid of what it might say next.

The rocks were stacked high and untidy, Like toppling towers on a grainy shore. Spilling over each other as if they sought to stay above the rising river.

And who am I to stand against the wind? And who are you to rise above the water? And who are we to look together out on a savage scape and laugh?

I wonder about long hikes over rocky trails and hard winds blowing through weathered valleys. I wonder who is the wind, who is the valley, where I am hiking to and what sort of trail I am traveling on.
— Trail Notes, 12.27.2016

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