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Trekking Clothes & Gear

Please download and review the packing list above. If you conclude that you are missing some equipment and clothing we have prepared this webpage in affiliation with Patagonia, REI, Backcountry, and Altrec Outdoors to help you select and purchase gear for your trip. This following examples will also serve to show you what we feel is the "ideally outfitted" trekker for Patagonia, Chile. Whatever gear and trekking clothes you decide to bring with you keep in mind that the Torres del Paine, Los Glaciares and the Futaleufu valley are rugged and remote destinations that will test your clothing & equipment. Durability and reliability are key in determining what items to take. If something breaks and needs to be replaced you likely won't be able to do it in Chile. As of August 2005 all of the items listed below were in stock. In some cases these links will take you directly to the item pictured and others will bring you to the storefront in which you can find them. Try to place orders with these websites a few weeks beforehand in case of the need to exchange items or in case of back orders.

Whatever the time of year, the weather has the potential to be cold, windy and rainy iin Torres del Paine Los Glaciares National Parks. Within this region of Chilean Patagonia, weather conditions can vary in a matter of minutes. During the summer, sunny mornings are frequently interrupted by mist or a sudden snowstorm. The Futaleufu valley in contrast often has better weather because it is regulated by a rain shadow microclimate. Travelers should go well prepared with warm clothes and rain gear. The North Face and Patagonia are two of our fvorite brands.

To complement the jacket waterproof breathable rain pants will also be a requirement.

For those heading to Torres del Paine or Cerro Fitz Roy we recommend taking a lightweight packable down jacket. This is an essential if you will be traveling in the shoulder season.

On cold days you will want wear something under your rain jacket. Polartec fleece pullovers are ideal for this and can also be worn as stand-alone sweaters when it is not so cold

A mid or light weight Capilene or Polypro shirt will probably what you wear most days under your jacket.

You also need layers to wear underneath your rain pants when the weather turns inclement.

You can expect much of the weather to be warm and sunny especially if you are journeying to the Futaleufu valley. We recommend coolmax or other synthetic materials that are easy to wash and dry quickly.

Nylon or synthetic shorts wear well and dry quickly after getting wet. The North Face makes a long pant version that is perfect for cooler nights and to keep the bugs away.

SmartWool was the winner of Backpacker Magazine's Great Sock Test... judged superior for temperature and moisture control, cushioning, construction, durability and overall comfort.

We recommend a totally weatherproof breathable mid-weight backpacking boot for our region of Patagonia. Make sure they are well broken in before you arrive.

If you have an old set to trekking boots don't forget to restore the weather proofing before you come. It is almost guaranteed they will get wet.

A pair of sandals make are an excellent choice of a second pair of footwear for the Futaleufu Valley. They will be less appropriate for points further south.

If you are heading down to Torres del Paine or Cerro FitzRoy you will need a pair of lightweight and waterproof gloves. We reommend mitts with removable liners to save space. If you are coming to the Futaleufu valley take along a lightweight pair of gloves for cold days or altitude treks.

The sun in all areas of Patagonia is very intense. There is less ozone over the Antarctic regions than the Arctic and as a consequence we usually have more UVA and UVB radiation in the environment. Since most of our guests come from the Northern Hemisphere where it is winter they are less acclimatized to the sun. Hats are essential items for those not wanting to get burned.

Hydration is important. Plan on taking at least one Nalgene water bottle. We discovered a really useful combination day pack and hydration system from Camelbak. For short day treks you will have a place to store your essential gear and water without having to deal with two systems.

The sun is very intense in Patagonia, Chile - much more so than in the Northern Hemisphere. Make sure you come prepared. We recommend a waterproof sun screen, a zinc oxide sun block cream and a lip balm.

Patagonia is a pristine ecological environment. While spending time with us we ask that our guests try to preserve the environment as much as possible by using biodegradable products. We recommend Dr. Bronners and other similar soaps and shampoos for our camp.

Sunglasses are essential items for Chile. Make sure your sunglasses have 100% UVA and UVB protection.

You will need a flashlight for finding your way in the dark. A headlamp allows you to keep your hands free to carry other items or do other things that a simple flashlight does not. Make sure you pack extra batteries and a spare bulb.

Lonely Planet publishes one of the few trekking guides to our region of Patagonia. We highly recommend it. Other accessories you might also want to take are Trekking poles and a GPS to track your location.

f you are bringing a tent down to Chile make sure it is a three season with a full rainfly. Tents without a full fly just don't stand up to the weather. The days and nights in Patagonia can be beautiful but when the weather turns the rain can be intense. We recommend tents with double walls to keep out the wet. Below are some that we thought would work well in our region..

Before your trip make sure that your tent is fully waterproofed and seam sealed. We recommend weatherproofing even brand new tents. If yours has not been done in a few seasons it is worth the time to recoat it to make sure you don't end up spending the week in a leaky tent.

For sleeping bags we recommend synthetic fill bags over down fill. Patagonia is a wet region that can cause down to attract moisture and compress causing loss of loft. The bags we found most comfortable are those rated between 35 - 50 degrees. Depending on the time of year you might want to go warmer if you are visiting Torres del Paine or Los Glaciares.

We like the lightweight ThermaRest because of its compactness, portability, warmth and comfort..

Waterproof single person bivy sacks can be a great option for those who like to sleep under the stars. If you elect to go the bivy option we recommend you bring an extra large rain tarp to throw over the bivy incase of a prolonged storm.

For some of the treks into Torres del Paine you will definitely need a large pack for all of your gear. We recommend internal frame packs only because of the varied terrain you will be traversing. Internal frames are also easier to load on horseback for supported trips. Below are some of our favorites.

Because of the high potential of rain, especially in the Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks we recommend a rain cover for your backpack.


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