Youtube star and pro blogger Nadine Sykora knows a thing or two about travel. She’s visited over 45 countries over the last five years, documenting her adventures on her blog, Hey Nadine. So when she says Patagonia blew her away with its over-the-top, gotta-be-photoshopped natural beauty, it pays to listen up. We sent Nadine on our Patagonia Trekking adventure with nothing more than a few power bars and a video camera and told her to document her experience. Here’s what she came back with:
1. Why Patagonia? What made you want to travel there?
Patagonia is one of those places you hear about with such wonder and amazement. A place at the far corner of the world. Remote, rugged wilderness. As an experienced traveller, nothing intrigues me more than places of wonder that fellow travellers rave about. Word of mouth is very valuable. Also, I love mountains.
2. Walk me through a day in the life of the trek.
Early morning wake ups, 7 or 8 am, which I guess isn’t too bad if you’re a morning person. Then it’s packing and prep for the day, making sure I’ve got everything I need for the day’s hike. I’ll generally have an idea what the day will involve, since our guide preps us the night before. Then it’s over for group breakfast, either in the warm cafeteria at Paine Grande (which is much appreciated) or in our own private hut at Campo del Torres. There we pack our lunch for the day, since, you know, there’s no restaurant on the mountain.
Our day of hiking begins. There’s plenty of water stops and a couple quick breaks along the way, then we sit down for lunch, usually at a place with washrooms and fresh water, oh and a view! Then we’ll trek a little more, reach the summit and enjoy the view for about an hour or so – plenty of time to grab all the photos we want. And then we’ll head back to camp. We arrive usually around 4-5pm depending on the day, giving us plenty of time to shower and get ready for group dinner where we chat about the amazing awesomeness of our hike.
3. Were you nervous about the whole ‘group travel’ thing? How did it work out?
I love traveling with people, so I wasn’t nervous at all. Although it’s always a bit awkward at first with any group trip since everyone is meeting for the first time. But that usually passes after the first day and most people connect and make friends. By the end of the trip nobody wants to leave!
4. Favourite part of the trip?
All of it! No really, even when I was sweating and the mountain was kicking my butt. It’s just so beautiful.
5. Got any tips for people thinking of trekking in Patagonia?
Make sure you have a good set of shoes you have worn in. Seriously, the amount of people with blisters, shoes that didn’t fit and shoes that fell apart on our trip… too many. So please, make sure you have good footwear and a proper rain jacket and beanie. You are gonna be out in the elements so try and be as comfortable as possible. It’ll make your trip much more enjoyable.
6. What sort of gear did you bring? What would you do differently?
I packed for everything! I’m pretty good when it comes to being prepared. The only thing I would do differently is possibly another layer of warmer clothes, even in summer it’s easy to forget you’re in alpine conditions. Also, make sure you pack extra camera batteries or a chargeable battery pack to charge up your electronics, because even though there are lots of plugs, it’s much easier to just charge things in your tent.
7. Where’s next for you?
I don’t know yet. Maybe Australia, maybe Europe. So many places, so little time!
You can follow Nadine on her blog or Youtube channel. If you want to follow in her footsteps, we’ve got a small group adventure with your name all over it.
“It was just so beautiful”: trekking Patagonia with Youtube pro Hey Nadine was last modified: April 15th, 2016 by