FEB 14, 2016 – Our tent resisted the rain well, and by the morning it had stopped. Today’s hike was rather flat, except for a few hills that had to be passed. We first arrived at Paine Grande, the biggest camp of the “W” trek. This was where we hoped to make a reservation for Italiano camp, but it was already fully booked for the night. We therefore continued to Francés, a new commercial campground located in the forest just half an hour further. There we still got a spot on one of the wooden platforms. It was early afternoon when we set up our tent, so we had enough time for an excursion into Británico valley. Indeed everything is named after European countries in that area, only a “Suizo” camp was missing. We ascended to the first viewpoint, which wasn’t too spectacular compared to the Grey glacier. Further above it was supposedly very windy and we were tired, so we didn’t go all the way up the valley. After a good pasta dinner, we went to sleep on our flat platform. Late-arriving campers were less lucky and had to set up their tents along the hillside. At least the campground warden showed some mercy and gave them a discount.