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Climbing on Aconcagua with Aventuras Patagonicas

January 2014 - Aconcagua with AP – Never again

AP stands for Aventuras Patagonicas, a mountain guiding company with offices in the US and Chile. It was recommended to me by someone I trusted. Oh, what a mistake.

On the AP web site they claim the following: “we have the highest success rate, we challenge you to find a guiding company more prepared, we use the latest gear, new or almost new equipment on every ...
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Ecuador temperatures


A couple quick questions -

What sleeping bag temperature range would you recommend for the Illiniza and Cayambe refugios? Would a 20 deg. with puffy be adequate for most? Around New Years. I've read 0-15 deg F on some guiding sites and a buddy mentioned being glad to have a -20, but I think he was in a tent. I'm loaning my -20 to the girl and trying to figure out what I can ...
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Aconcagua solo out of season (15 March - 15 November) Aconcagua solo out of season (15 March - 15 November)

Did anybody climb Aconcagua solo and out of season?

    Solo: completely alone; no help from outfitters, mules or porters; not visiting, eating at or staying at the refuge - starting from the entrance of the park to the summit and back to the entrance.
    Out of season means: doing the complete climb - starting from the entrance of the park to the summit and back to the entrance - between 16 March and 14 November ...
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Aconcagua basecamp vendors

Any recent experience on whether the vendors at the basecamps prefer USD, or the Argentine peso?
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Bolivia In June or July 2014

Hello SPers!

Any partner or partners to climb mountains in Bolivia 2014?

I made a plan with http://www.hikingbolivia.com with 15 days, 3 mountains in Condoriri area and 3 volcanoes (Acotango, Parinacota and Sajama)

I need partners to share the trip. The company announced that three people is the minimum number.

if someone be interested, send me an email: mbrasilg@gmail.com

I will invite to keep contact together with the company to ...
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Good high altitude climbs in Peru? 1st timers

Hello, my friend and I are planning a 10 day trip to Peru at the end of December and need some guidance from you fellow experienced climbers.

Here's the deal:
We would like to summit a sub-18,000ft peak. Neither of us has done ANY high altitude climbing (just day hikes up to 13,000ft) but we have some time to work with and a flexible schedule for acclimatization. We are young (25) and in decent shape ...
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how to get to Patagonia

I arrive in Santiago the 15 December, and will head south towards Patagonia and stay until the end of January. I do not have any fixed plans at all, so I am very flexible, but I would be keen to do a lot of climbing and hiking when I am down there.

Does anybody know about buses and prices from Santiago, or Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas, I know it takes time, but I ...
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Quito - Hotels/Best places to stay ?

What are some of the best places to stay in Quito? I'm heading there early next year and just started looking around. I'm curious to hear what recommendations or experiences other climbers have had? Thanks!
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Couple looking to climb May - August 2014

Hi All,

I'm looking to do some mountaineering in South America in 2014. My girlfriend and I will be arriving in Chile 29th April and flying out of Colombia 15th August.

I have climbing experience including Alpine, Scottish Winter and I've climbed Huayna Potosi. All of my climbing has been with more experienced climbers and I wouldn't consider undertaking any climbing if I was the most experienced climber in the team.

I was looking to ...
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Aconcagua's south face routes

I am heading to Aconcagua in December. I am trying to find more complete descriptions of the south face routes, in particular the Argentine Route on the right side of the face. Does anyone know where I can find more then a short quick and general description.

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