Day 344 – Hiking up to Laguna Negra

Laguna Negra

Tonight I would camp at Laguna Negra. After a ridiculous amount of time staying put in Bariloche I am finally making it out on a multi-day hike. The last hike was really enjoyable but too short for my taste. I have planned a 10+ day hike making a loop starting at Laguna Negra and ending my trip at Refugio Jakob. There will be some off trail travel in the latter part of the trip and I have enough food provisions with me to last at least 12 days. This extra food is with me in the event I have to wait out the weather. This seems like the best weather/ash window I’ve had so it’s now or never. Winter has arrived and has already dusted the tops of the mountains with fresh snow. I still needed to pick up some last minute supplies so I headed to the supermarket and…

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Day 335 – 343 – Hanging out in Bariloche & a day hike

About a week ago I was dropped off in Bariloche by Kevin. We bro hugged it out, took a picture, and I headed into my hostel while he drove off to Mendoza. I didn’t do much that week other than eat lots of delicious food, post on this site, walk around, and hang at the hostel. I do have a good excuse for being so sedentary, the Calbuco volcano had gone off and there was an ash plume in the air. Not exactly the ideal hiking conditions. People were walking around with masks and the sweet smell of sulfer was in the air. There were some days that were worse than others. The days that were nicer I took walkabouts through Bariloche. I found this particular weather forecast interesting as it was the first time I had seen the google symbol for volcanic ash. I found it immensely amusing. Another…

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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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Day 292 – Walking across the Argentinian/Chilean border

Today I woke in Los Antiguos at Albergue Padilla with the plan to hike across the border to Chile Chico. I recruited Shany and Maya to walk to the border with me. These were the two girls I met at the bus station yesterday and went to Cueva de las Manos with me. As they packed up I walked around town checking out the small strip of stores on one of the main streets, 11 de Julio. Afterwards I walked up to a mirador that had a good overlook of the town. On my return to the hostel to meet up with the girls I saw my favorite tree again the araucaria araucana. I got really close to it and took a picture of it looking upwards. I got poked by the sharp leaves quite a bit. Probably not my smartest moment. I met the girls back at the hostel…

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