Northern Slope of Paine Massif
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Northern Slope of Paine Massif

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A long section of the trail between Campo de Las Perros and John Gardner Pass runs under the dense cover of the beech forest on the northern side of Massif Paine and is beset with knee-deep mud most of the way. It was to my great relief that I finally emerged into this clearing with a beautiful view of the valley with Rio Paso below and the the sighting of the Pass further up.

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