We had an early night on Thursday due to the refuge being freezing cold. The heaters and generator were all damaged in the fires and there was limited firewood to keep the fire stoked. Once tucked in our sleeping bags we were toasty warm and slept for 14 hours.
We woke up at 7.15 on Friday morning for a breakfast which left a little to be desired.
By 8.15 we were on the track to the Grey Glacier lookout. The 10km return walk took us about 3.5 hrs and we were rewarded with amazing views up the valley of spectacular lakes and the main glacier. The face of the glacier is about 4 km across and floes around an island in the middle. The glacier is 28 km long and flows down from the main Southern Icefield.
After a quick photo stop we returned to the refuge to catch the ferry across the lake. We were met by a bus that returned us to our hotel in Puerto Natales.
We spent the afternoon warming up and catching up on news from the www and watching the snow.
For good Friday dinner we headed to a restaurant that specialised in barbequed Patagonian lamb. The meat was divine and we enjoyed some acompanying artesional beers and Chilean wine.
The day ended with a nightcap of Drambuie back at the hotel.
Tomorrow we have a rest day hanging out in Puerto Natales before returning to Santiago via Punta Arenas on Sunday to say our goodbyes.