"18b. The Murderous Descent (2)" Villa Cerro Castillo Things to Do Tip by Trekki

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  back to the forest, but.....
by Trekki

Continuing with the downhill hike we were quite happy that they have marked the path with cairns and red dots again. However, at a point in time, on the right (north) river bank they either forgot to continue with the markings or we have been so stupid to loose sight of them - we kind of got lost. Not really lost, as we still were on the "path". This path ended up in a steep slope, which we theoretically should have crossed. But this was impossible, as some time ago there must have been a kind of landslide, which left an aisle in the forest, full of sandy ground. And it was impossible to cross that, as we definitely would have ended up in the river way below us - with broken bones. So carefully back to the river to cross it - but this was also impossible, as he went straight down in a 30 m waterfall. So back again along the river, eventually crossing it, and heading further through the thicket of scrub and trees and deadwood.
I thought that nobody could have crossed this path for ages or even hundreds of ages. Finally we have crossed that forest and ended up in a nice clearing and even heared the river sounds - but still some 50 m below us. Steep slopes on both sides where we stood now, the only possibility to get down was through a sandy creek bed. Thanks god the sand wasn't that wet here, and we carefully made our way down, grabbing from root to root. Thanks again that patagonian scrub roots drill themselves deep into the soil, so none of them broke with our weight and we slowly made it down. The last 10 m were steep as hell, so we simply let our backpacks slide down first and then us behind. And finally - feet on the ground, parallel to the river. But with all the detours we have lost so much time that we didn't have time to celebrate our rebirths and headed down until we found again a wonderful place to drop our things and build the little green house.
(day 5 - 7 km, 7 hours)

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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