Climbing Laguna Sofia

My last day in Puerto Natales was supposed to be a rest day, but the famous Patagonian winds had dictated otherwise.  Postponing my mountain biking adventure until my penultimate day in Patagonia due to calamitous winds meant that I had only one day left to crag – and crag I did.

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Jeanne on Ojos de Sofia, 5.9

Hello Patagonia set me up with a  private guide and glorious views of Laguna Sofia, a local sport climbing crag 35 minutes away from Puerto Natales. 

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About to lead something easy breezy


The weather was cooperative for the most part, minus some gusts of wind and drops of rain. We had the crag all to ourselves – perfect conditions for on-sights of super mellow, single pitch climbs and slow, methodical sips of freshly brewed maté:

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Mmm...maté
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The perfect cuppa maté is all about the water temperature - not too hot or cold

The view from the top was stunning,  and we had the good fortune of seeing Andean Condors – three in a row – soar right by us.  It was the closest I’d seen these majestic birds, and although I wasn’t quick enough to snap a photo, I’ve the memory of a lifetime.

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Summit selfie!

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