Day 329 – 334 – Climbing at Piedra Parada

Day 1 I woke up very excited to get some climbing in at Piedra Parada. This was the site of the 2012 Petzl Roctrip, a climbing event held in a new climbing destination every year. The weather was perfect, the scenery exquisite, and the climbing opportunities seemed limitless. This is the scenery I woke up to this morning. It is a picture showing what our campsite overlooks. As a plus we had a great source of water just a few feet away. After having breakfast we hiked into the canyon to a wall that seemed like a good wall to warm up on. The wall was called el circo. Our warm up route wound up being El Culebron de las Marjuas, a 6b (5.10c) rated route and a difficulty I have never climbed even indoors. So much for the warm up. The fact that I am not in proper climbing form and that…

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Day 325 – 328 – Our Journey to Piedra Parada

Day 1 After exiting the La Junta campsite we got into Kevin’s car and headed back the way we came. I dropped off the helmet I had rented and we were on our way. The plan was to take a days rest and resupply on food before headaing to our next climbing destination, Piedra Parada in Argentina. We continued up the road and made it to Puerto Varas. I stopped by the sister hostel to the one I had stayed at the last time but they were fully booked. The one I had stayed at was also full so we got a recommendation from a staff member of the hostel and wound up at a nice cheap place for us to rest for the night. We showered up and handed in some clothing to have washed over night. Then we headed to Cassis, my favorite place for a cafe mocha…

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Days 319 – 324 Climbing in Cochamo

Mountain we would be climbing

Day 1 We got up leisurely thinking that today would be an easy day of scouting. That couldn’t have been further from the truth. We wound up being given less than accurate instructions on how to get to one of the climbing areas and the approach was at least 3 hours of hiking. On top of that we got slightly lost in the treeline by using the trail markers. Yeah that’s not a typo we got lost by following the markers. Following the trail markings pretty much made us do a circle and wind up close to where we started out our hike. We knew that every trail was marked with the same tape but what we didn’t know at the time was that there was a trail that had been eliminated because one of the proprietors no longer wanted people hiking through it. We wound up on that trail because the…

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Day 279 – Climbing in Chalten

I almost left Chalten today just because the wifi was so horrible. I needed to make a bank transfer to cover some bills. Fortunately after struggling for 25 minutes I was able to make that transfer. Then there was the whole find a climbing partner thing. I had been asking around but it seemed like there was not a person just wanting to climb something simple. Everything seemed expedition scale and planned out. Climbing teams were set and there was no room for me. 🙁 Eventually I just started asking random people in the kitchen until I found Kevin, a guy from Colorado that had equipment and was looking to do some climbing. I borrowed a helmet from my roommate Leo and we headed off to a local crag after breakfast. He let me lead much of the way which was nice. They were all pretty straight forward sport routes.…

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Day 121 – Bouldering in Jackson

I spent some good time in starbucks writing today and since I was inspired by my two days of climbing I researched and ordered some climbing gear (quickdraws). After that I had some food and then sought out the bouldering park in town. As it turned out there was some sort of event sponsored by skinny skis at the park so there was music and food that I probably could have nabbed. The boulders themselves were intricate, had cracks and one could easily top out if one wanted to. There were a total or 3 different bouldering walls to choose from. Very quickly into my bouldering I realized I had quite a bit of fatigue from the last two days of climbing. I only lasted about an hour before getting to the point where I couldn’t do fairly easy climbs. I decided it was time to get some food and…

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