Sorry for the delay, the internet was down all across El Calafate yesterday. I finally have a lot of photos to share from the glacier hiking trip. I almost didn’t go. I woke up on Thursday morning with a really awful headache; then the medicine I took for my head upset my stomach without fixing my head. For the first 20 minutes or so of the bus ride out to the national park, I felt completely terrible. However, I managed to fall asleep on the bus, and by the time I woke up at the park, I felt much better. My headache had vanished and my stomach had settled down, so I decided to follow through on the hike.
The trip was much less strenuous than I had expected. People had told me that walking with the crampons was really tiring. It was harder than regular walking, but the seven hours of hiking included one hour walking through the woods to get out to the glacier, and one hour coming back, so we were actually only hiking on the ice for about five hours. The crampons did add a bit of weight to your feet, and every step you took, the teeth would bite into the ice and require a little extra exertion to extract them, but it wasn’t that draining once you got used to it. At the end, I came away from the trip quite tired, but not absolutely exhausted like I expected to be.