We used Anibal. Nice guy and very service minded. Can't remember the price he took though.
Damien Gildea wrote:I guess it also depends what route you are doing. For the Rio Colorado (S face etc) you will probably need a mule or two, greatly adding to the cost. But if you are going to the normal N/NE side, you may not need mules as apparently you can now drive all the way to Laguna Blanca in a day from Barreal. You would want to check this out in advance though.
I agree one doesn't need mules for the N/NE route. When we went there in December 2007 it was possible to drive to the club house at approx 3100m. We spent the night there and then did approx. 300m the next day. Although it's a longish walk we had no problems carrying all our food and gear for 14 days in one go.
From there on the track is steeper. We usually did a combined acclimization trips and gear/food hauling trips one day and then move camp the next day. This was repeated two times before hauling out gear to high camp in one go.
Since one usually does several acclimitization hikes on such ascents, one might as well haul 20-25 kg at the same time. So I don't really see the need for mules.