I will be in Patagonia from 12/31/2012 through 3/20/2012. However, I have a month that I've left open from 1/25 to 2/22 in hopes of being able to climb. I haven't been able to get much interest in my usual partners so I'm reaching out to SummitPost.
I've been rock climbing since 2005, but I'm not very experienced in alpine and mountains. I've recently taken a mountaineering course (over a 6 month period on navigation, avalanches, weather, crevasse rescue, ice climbing, expedition planning, etc) in which the "grad trip" we summited Mt. Washington in New Hampshire in February with -20°C temps and sustained 80 kph winds gusting to 120 kph. I also just climbed the Grand Teton where we had much nicer weather .
It's hard to find good glaciated mountains in the east coast of the US so I would like to take the chance to get more experience in Patagonia while I am there. I think the volcanoes of Chile around Puerto Montt and Pucón would be perfect, though I also think a longer trip to Cerro Cochrane/Monte San Lorenzo would be really cool.
But more so, I want to spend that time climbing instead of backpacking so if there is any interest in climbing anywhere around Chile/Argentina, please contact me.