Choosing what to bring
.Deciding what to bring for five weeks in Chile and Argentina has not been easy. We are looking forward to summer in South America, which brings heat to Santiago and Buenos Aires, while still staying chilly down in the southernmost part of the continent. We also need to combine urban life with the outdoors. The weather in Patagonia is known to be unpredictable. With strong winds, rain, or snow. We are planning to do quite a bit of camping and hiking, which adds a lot of weight and volume to our packs. While its possible to rent gear, we wanted a chance to use what we already own. We can also be more flexible, camping if we find a good trail, or want to save some money on lodging.
Because we are departing for our trip shortly after Christmas, this gave us a great chance to collect all the remaining gear we needed. We were able to put a lot of things on our Christmas list or buy during sales. We've made an unhealthy number of trips to REI and seen far too many Amazon packages show up on our door step.
After packing and unpacking numerous times we settled on the items below, and both of our packs come in near 35 pounds. Let us know if you have any questions about the specific gear we chose. We will be sure to update this post when we return...much wiser...and much lighter.
Outerwear and Accessories
Chris & Taylor
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