In just less than a weeks time, I'll be back in the southern hemisphere, probably standing at the waters edge of the Straight of Magellan looking out onto a windy sea. I'll of course be back in Punta Arenas, the gateway to the Chilean side of Patagonia.
The destination of my trip is Torres del Paine, an impressive national park situated on the edge of the southern patagonian ice cap.
I'll be conducting a photo workshop here for a full week with a small group. It's going to be a week of photography with lots of chat about the surrounding landscape, photographic techniques and above all else, a group of folk being able to immerse themselves in their passion with no distractions.
Containing granite spires, turquoise lakes such as Lago Pehoe (shown above - yes it really is that colour) plenty of wildlife - Falcons, Eagles, Guanaco - a relative of the Llama and if we're fortunate the Andean Puma, we're set for a great photo adventure.
At the moment, I've had to reduce this trip down to an annual one with the intention that I'll do another one next April. But I'm also thinking that next years trip may be extended to include Los Glaciares national park in Argentina. This I feel would make for an excellent trip because of the mountains of Cerro Torre and Fitzroy and not forgetting the Perito Moreno Glacier. Plans are still tentative, but this is what I'm currently thinking at the moment and when I have firmer plans, I'll be posting them up on the site.
This time though, I'll be away for just under a month.
I have some goals to try and achieve this time round. I'm hoping to climb to the Torres mirador for sunrise. The Torres spires are at the top of a strenuous four hour hike. If the weather is on my side, the towers will be basking in the glow of the sun rise because they face east. I've missed this shot a few times before so I'm under no illusions as to how difficult it is to get it. My plan is to camp just below the mirador for a few days and see what happens each morning.
The remainder of my personal time will be used up going back to the northern part of Los Glaciares national park, to camp and trek below the mountains of Cerro Torre and Fitzroy.
I'll be checking in from time to time on my blog, and intend to upload some posts during the trip so stay tuned!
Until then, adios amigos!