day 2 – El Bolsón to Laguna las Ánimas

trip report by besthike editor Rick McCharles

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Good morning from the Andes.

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There’s a reason Bolsón is so popular. It’s a pretty alpine meadow, a green oasis on the edge of a volcanic wasteland.

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Most who make it this far stop and day hike from here.

But I was determined to seeif not climbMt Decapitated. I’d have to get past that spiky peak in the distance to do so.

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On the other hand, I took it easy today ascending steeply up to the next obvious campsite. Past that the next recommend camp is Laguna Mondaca, too far for me with full pack, I was thinking.

The trail is clearly signed up to Valle de Indio, another lush alpine meadow. It’s gets more volcanic after this point.

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Despite the heat and intense sun, snow crossings were frequent. Early season would require an ice axe.

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Footing is either bad up here. Or volcanic ash. I used the “instagator” system with my socks.

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In South America you can expect to see at least one religious pilgrimage site every day.

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The higher I climbed, the better I liked it.

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I arrived Ánimas before 3pm. With at least 5 hours of sunlight left, I was tempted to risk it and climb higher.

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Instead I cooled my heels. Listened to my Coffee Break Spanish lessons. Walked the perimeter of the tarn.

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Rick Chile

Not many carry tents up here from Bolsón, but there were a few groups with me at the lake.

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Just above my tent is the trail I’ll take in the morning.

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Good night.

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