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Climbing in the Patagonian Andes

The Basics:
Event Type:Outdoor Climb
Event Location: Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, near San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina   Outdoor Climb:  Climbing  in the Patagonian Andes  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Dec 7 2012, Sat, Dec 8 2012, Sun, Dec 9 2012, Mon, Dec 10 2012, Tue, Dec 11 2012, Wed, Dec 12 2012, Thu, Dec 13 2012, Fri, Dec 14 2012, Sat, Dec 15 2012  6:00 pm >> Sat, Dec 15 2012 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Apr 11 2012 5:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Apr 2 2012 9:56 pm
Event Duration:7 Days 18 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:$1,335.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:24
Minimum Group Size:7
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

The purpose of this event is to climb Monte Tronador in Patagonia, on the border between Argentina and Chile. Although mountaineering experience is an asset, it is not necessary. 
Day 1: Departure from Atlanta. 
Day 2: Arrive at Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport in Buenos Aires. (Airport code: EZE.) Take shuttle bus to Aeroparque (AEP),  where our domestic flight to San Carlos de Bariloche (BAR). departs. Flight lasts around two hours and twenty minutes. Note: there are a few flights directly from EZE to BAR. Arrive in Bariloche around noon.  In the afternoon we may go on an optional sightseeing tour. Lodging in three star hotel. Dinner in town. 
Pics from one of the sightseeing tours:
Day 3: Ascend 3000 ft to Refugio Meiling(5700 ft). Dinner lodging and breakfast at the refugio. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours.
Day 4: Summit Monte Tronador (Pico Argentino, around 10,700 ft) and return to Refugio Meiling. Walking time: 10 to 12 hours.
The following pictures show the ascent from Refugio Meiling to Cerro Tronador and traverse from the summit accross the glacier to Refugio Tronador:
Day 5: Buffer day. If we were not able to reach the summit the previous day due to unfavorable weather, we will make another summit attempt. Otherwise we will spend this day resting or exploring the neighborhod.
Day 6: Traverse Tronador Glacier to Refugio Tronador (Refugio Viejo), where we will spend the night. Walking time: 6 to 8 hours. The guide will return to Refugio Meiling with the equipment we borrowed. We will continue with a different guide.
Day 7: Return to Pampa Linda through Chilean territory and take van back to Bariloche. Lodging in Bariloche in three star hotel. Dinner in town. Walking time: 6 to 8 hours.
Day 8: Return to Buenos Aires in the morning. Fly to Atlanta in the evening.
Day 9: Arrive in Atlanta.
This itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions.
Refugio Meiling is a fully staffed cabin with bunk beds and hard mattresses. If you prefer to prepare your own food, you can bring your supplies from Bariloche and use the shelter's wood burning stove.
Refugio Tronador is not staffed.

Required Items to Bring:
Clothing: Long johns - 2 pairs of trousers - 3 pairs of woolen socks and 3 pairs of sock liners - 3 sets of underwear - 3 t-shirts - 2 sweaters - Waterproof parka - Waterproof pant covers - gaiters - 1 pair of woolen gloves or mittens - 1 pair of waterproof gloves or 1 pair of waterproof glove covers - balaclava - Sun hat - Woolen hat - Boots.

Toiletries: Toilet paper and paper tissues - Toothpaste and toothbrush - Deodorant - Glycerine soap or detergent - Towel - Lip balm and sunblock (VERY IMPORTANT).

Equipment:: Backpack (minimum size: 50 liters). - Backpack cover or two large trash bags - Water bottle - Head lamp and batteries - Sunglasses (very important!) - Thermos - Trekking poles. Sneakers or sandals - Eating utensils . 
Miscellaneous:  Plastic bags for clothing and garbage - Personal First-aid kit - Penknife  - Sleeping bag (rated 20 to 32 degrees F) - Sunglasses (VERY IMPORTANT).

Food: Trail snacks.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Sleeping pad (no mattresses available at Refugio Tronador) - Camera - Pencil and Paper.

Payment Schedule:
1. A deposit of $100.00 into the organizer's PayPal account must be received by November 3.  After November 5 this deposit is  not refundable
2. You will pay for your lodging at check-in. Credit cards may be used.
3. You will pay for your trip (less your deposit) in Bariloche. Payment must be in cash in US dollars.

Registration Requirements.
To participate in this event you must be either an AOC trip leader or be recommended by an AOC trip leader. If you wish to participate in this event you must place yourself on the waiting list. Once I verify you satisfy the requirements, I will move you to the list of participants.

After the event, you may want to spend some time in Buenos Aires exploring this beautiful and sophisticated city. The organizer can arrange for lodging in a two star hotel in a nice section of town for about $45 a night per person for double occupancy and $85 a night per person for single occupancy. Transportation from AEP to the hotel and from the hotel to EZE will cost around $90. Credit cards may be used both for the hotel and for transportation.

- All prices quoted in this event description are in US dollars.
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Member Cost:$1,335.00/Person
Cost Includes:-All transportation to and from our hotel in Bariloche (including transportation to and from the airport).
-Lodging in the shelters.
-All meals and snacks while on the trails and in the shelters.
-Licensed guides and insurance (these are requirements of the park  authorities).

-Airfare (Atlanta to Bariloche and return, changing planes in Buenos Aires).
-Shuttle bus between airports in Buenos Aires (around $15.00 each way).
-Lodging in a three star hotel in Bariloche for three nights at around $50 a night. Price is per person for double occupancy and includes continental breakfast.
-Optional sightseeing tour on Day 2. Cost would depend on the tour chosen, and should not cost more than around $50.
-Meals in transit to Bariloche.
-Meals while in Bariloche, except for continental breakfast in the hotel.
-US passport holders do not need a visa to enter Argentina, but must pay a tax of around $150 to enter the country. This tax is valid for multiple entries.  You pay this fee at the airport. Credit cards may be used.

The event cost of $1335 is based on a minimum of 7 participants. If the number of participants is less than 7 the price will increase. For example, for 5 participants the event cost will be $1540.

Estimate the total cost of this trip, including airfare, lodging in hotels, event cost, etc, at around $4,400.

Crampons, climbing harness, helmet and ice axe will be provided at Refugio Meiling.

Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.
*Note: Deposit is not refundable after November 5.