The photographer: Joe Marcotte of Folsom
Behind the lens: These photos are of Los Torres (The Towers), the unique geologic formations for which Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile, are named.
The photos were taken this January from Base del Las Torres. Getting there required a two-hour horseback ride up the Ascencio Valley to Refugio Chileno, where we parted company with our steeds. From there, it was a two-hour hike with an altitude gain of roughly 1,500 feet. The trek upward to Las Torres started in a lovely beech forest, crossing ice-cold mountain streams, and then transitioning to a steep and extremely rocky path threading along glacial moraines. We experienced rain, snow showers and winds up to 50 mph on our way up the mountain, all normal conditions for a Patagonian summer, and all worth it for the view.
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