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Backpacking/trekking in central Chile Backpacking/trekking in central Chile

Hi all,
I am traveling to Chile around December and I am looking for backpacking routes in Central Chile. I will be flying into Santiago, and making my way over to Valparaiso for the rest of the month. I am not limited at all to this area, but not really looking on going anywhere more than ten hours away by bus. I am looking for a self guided trip, and wondering if anyone could offer ...
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Hatun Machay is going... going... gone!

If you don´t know yet, there´s some conflict going on between the local community and the guy who ran the refuge at Hatun Machay. Business conflict aside, the fact is that until July 14th of this year, 20 of the 24 sectors in the area had the bolts on the routes completely removed, or the first and second bolts removed, or worse still, the last bolts of the route removed. All sectors close to the ...
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Huascaran Sur July beta wanted Huascaran Sur July beta wanted

Planning summit attempt of Huascaran Sur, standard route. Anyone have any current beta on the condition of the route, garganta etc...?
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Gas canister in San Juan / Argentina

As Mendoza's airport ist closed till early december I will arrive in San Juan and thinking about to start my mountain trip from there. Does sombody knows where to buy gas canisters in San Juan?
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Risk of theft in Cordillera Blanca

What is the general opinion on gear safety at your basecamp in the less populated valleys?

We are planning a trip to one of the less popular Quebradas for a week or so while we attempt 2-3 acclimatization peaks. We are able to carry most of our gear but likely will need to hire an arriero and a burro, but want to hire him only for the trek in. Is there a risk of leaving ...
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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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