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Refuge food (Ishinca Valley). Any feedback?

Have any of you taken ill from the food served by the ishinca valley refuge? How safe is it for foreigners, compared with hiring an independent cook?
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General 2016 conditions around Ishinca valley?

Anyone been to the ishinca valley recently? Will be heading there to climb in a month, and so am looking around for any beta photos or conditions reports, as additional pieces of info on how the climbing season is shaping up.
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***GEAR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR Torres del Paine ***

I'll be hitting Torres del Paine at the end of the month and wanted to know who has been there and what you would change about your gear selection looking back on your hike of "The W."

What size packs did those of you who independently hiked The W use?



Also, I plan on not using the Refuge's and tenting it the entire time.
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Ushuaia accommodation - tips?

Hi,

I'm looking for some recommendations on cheap and cheerful accommodation in Ushuaia for December. For comparison, think more Star Hotel / Pheasant Lodge, rather than the Radison (Kathmandu accommodation analogy).

Thanks!
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May 2017 Ecuador Trip

Hey guys, so me and three or four other buddies have started bullshitting around with the idea of going down to Ecuador to climb Chimborazo next May (2017).. Does anybody have any major pointers or advice to give us? I am aware that you must hire a guide, does anyone have experience with a guiding service for that area?? I am really just super stoked for this and wanted to hear if anybody had advice ...
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Ecuador's earthquake and tourism

Many of you may know already about the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador. The Region mainly affected by the earthquake is the Pacific Coast and the Provinces on Esmeraldas, Manabi and Guayas. Other Natural Regions, Andes, Amazon and Galapagos have been declared intact and fully operational and catering to tourism.

Here's some extra info...

http://www.travelpulse.com/news/impacting-travel/tourism-centers-largely-intact-as-death-toll-rises-after-78-magnitude-earthquake-in-ecuador.html
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Easy Mountain to Climb in Patagonia

Hi All,

The wife & I are planning a trip to Patagonia in November this year & wanted to spend 1-3 days hiking / trekking (nothing technical) up a mountain (guided if possible) with spectacular views from the summit. Any suggestions?

Thanks
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Aconcagua normal route gps coordinates

The link at the 2013 post is no longer active. Any leads on waypoint / gps data / maps for the normal route on Aconcagua? - or - any recommendations on searchable databases for routes outside of the US?

Thanks much!

John
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Huaraz/Peru gear logistics for cook and guide

In your experience, how long does it take to acquire all the gear for a local cook, and local AGMP guide, for say an 8 day ishinca valley stay?
We're considering the tradeoff between cost and minimal effort of a guided package, and cultural experience and effort spent organizing everything ourselves.
Is organizing an easy 1-day endeavor, or stressful, or ...?
FYI we have 3 days in Hauraz after arriving, before starting our acclimatization and ...
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Aconcagua Unassisted. Stupid?

Greetings SummitPost brothers and sisters,
I'm hoping to solicit an opinion from you fine folks regarding my plan for Aconcagua. I'll try to be brief.

I have some climbing experience, some hiking experience, and some decent outdoorsy experience. That said, I've probably never been above 4000m so Aconcagua would be my first big mountain.

Ideally, I'd like to try the mountain in the first week of January. This gives me 300 days to train and ...
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