Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Patagonia Chronicle, out at last

Our hiking has suffered the last few months, as we first cautiously watched for success of Susan's new medication, and then focused every waking minute on getting Patagonia Chronicle: Walking to Torres del Paine out the door. It finally got up on Amazon a week or so ago, and we have fifty-some on hand. Much nicer than the earlier books where we would have about 3500 books arrive at the door and need to find a place to stash them in our tiny house.

I'm very proud of Susan and of what she has produced:

The book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It can be ordered from your local bookseller from Ingram. ISBN 978-0-936034-04-1

The description as it appears in various book catalogs:

Patagonia Chronicle: On Foot in Torres del Paine enables readers to gain a sense of the rewards and challenges of travel south of the 40th parallel in Chile and Argentina — Patagonia. Through journal entries, interviews, historic documents, and essays on subjects unique to the region, the reader samples the richness of the land and its peoples past and present.
The book is for anyone contemplating a hike in Chile’s most famous park. Hikers en route to Torres del Paine will benefit from the detailed park information with descriptions of the accommodations, trekking routes, and trails as well as time and mileage charts, suggested itineraries, and a trail elevation profile.
However, Patagonia Chronicle is more than a trekking guide to that spectacular park: it casts a much larger net. Practical information is abundant. As such, this book will appeal not only to hikers, but also to travelers of all stripes. Besides Torres del Paine, readers discover the gateway towns that most Patagonian travelers enjoy exploring such as: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, and El Calafate. They visit Los Glaciares National Park — home of Perito Moreno Glacier and Mount Fitz Roy.
Travelers will also find information about touring Chile’s and Argentina’s more temperate Lake Districts and several other national parks inside and outside of Patagonia. They’ll learn about Ushuaia—the hub for Antarctic visits. And, because most travelers to Patagonia will spend time in Santiago or Buenos Aires on their way farther south, they’ll find the colorful chapters on those capital cities helpful.
Finally, an underlying question raised in the book: how to gauge the risks and confront the fears that must be overcome when seeking adventure in unknown territory can be helpful and inspiring to any adventurer. In Patagonia Chronicle we learn that the author wants to backpack the Torres del Paine back country circuit, but she knows that the trek can range from a moderate activity to a life-threatening one — depending on the extremely unpredictable weather. In life there are always demons to slay: how does one decide when to continue on and when to turn back?


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  2. Sounds interesting! It will be nice to read your vision about the part in my country (Argentina). I will add the book to my wish list in Amazon to have delivered in my next time in the US.
    Cris M

    1. Chris, our time in Buenos Aires was not nearly long enough. I'm starting to work on the Kindle version of the book, so that should be out in a month or two.