Backpacking in the Patagonian Andes II - Sat, Nov 30 2013, Sun, Dec 1 2013, Mon, Dec 2 2013, Tue, Dec 3 2013, Wed, Dec 4 2013, Thu, Dec 5 2013, Fri, Dec 6 2013, Sat, Dec 7 2013, Sun, Dec 8 2013

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Backpacking in the Patagonian Andes II

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: El Bolson, Rio Negro, Argentina   Backpacking: Backpacking in the Patagonian Andes II  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 30 2013, Sun, Dec 1 2013, Mon, Dec 2 2013, Tue, Dec 3 2013, Wed, Dec 4 2013, Thu, Dec 5 2013, Fri, Dec 6 2013, Sat, Dec 7 2013, Sun, Dec 8 2013  5:00 pm >> Sun, Dec 8 2013 11:00 am
Registration Opens: Wed, May 1 2013 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, May 1 2013 8:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Days 18 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:30 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:$1,430.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:20
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 1 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Day 1 (Saturday, November 30): 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 (BRC). departs. Note: there are a few flights directly from EZE to BRC.  Meet with our local organizer. Pay for the event. Travel to El Bolson (about 130 km), and from there to Refugio Piltriquitron (1500 m), where we will spend the night. The trip to the refugio involves a 45 minute hike. There is a nice view of the town below. If we arrive early enough we could attempt to summit Cerro Piltriquitron (2260 m), an easy climb. This and the other refugios are fully staffed cabins with cots, where our meals will be served.                                                                                                                                

Day 3: After a one hour drive, we hike the trail to Refugio Hielo Azul (1350 m), where we will spend the night. Hiking time: 6 hours.  

Day 4: We spend the day exploring the area. Depending on weather conditions we may climb Hielo Azul (2250 m), or at least climb up to the glacier.    

Day 5. Hike to Laguna Natacion, where we may go for a swim. After that we will hike down 4 or 5 hours to Cajon del Azul and spend the night in a nearby shelter (showers available).                      

Day 6: Hike to Refugio Los Laguitos (5-6 hours), where we will spend the night.                                

Day7: Hike back to Cajon del Azul and from there back to the trailhead along a different route. Hiking time: around 8 hours. From the trailhead we will drive back to San Carlos de Bariloche, where we will spend the night in a Youth Hostel.                                                                                              

Day 8: Return to the US.                                                                                                              

Day 9 (Sunday, December 8): Arrive  back in Atlanta

PICTURES: Here are some pictures from previous trips:

This itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions.
The refugios are fully staffed cabins with bunk beds and hard mattresses. If you prefer to prepare your own food, you can bring your supplies from Bariloche and use the shelters' wood burning stoves for a small fee.

DISCLAIMER: The Trip Leader for this event has (have) elected either to personally collect the funds that event participants are required to pay, or to require participants to pay funds directly to a third party. No funds will be paid to the Atlanta Outdoor Club for this event. Therefore, by registering for this event, you acknowledge and agree to the following: (1) the monies paid by registrants will not be monitored, managed, or otherwise accounted for by the Atlanta Outdoor Club; (2) that the Atlanta Outdoor Club bears no financial responsibility for this event; and (3) you waive any and all claims against the Atlanta Outdoor Club, and hold the Atlanta Outdoor Club harmless for the loss of any monies you paid for this event.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, any paying registrant may request directly from the Trip Leader, prior to the event, a breakdown of funds collected, estimated expenses, and deposits made in anticipation of the event. Following the event, the Trip Leader must complete his or her financial accounting for the event, with supporting documentation, within 30 days of the completion of the event, and a paid registrant may request a breakdown of funds collected, money spent and supporting documentation after that time. If you are unable to obtain requested documentation, please contact the Director of Paid Events.

Required Items to Bring:

Clothing: Long johns - 2 pairs of trousers - 2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pairs of sock liners - 3 sets of underwear - Hiking boots (waterproof) - sandals or booties for indoors - 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 - Sleeping bag (rated 20 to 32 degrees F) - Sunglasses - Woolen hat

Toiletries: Toilet paper and paper tissues - Toothpaste and toothbrush - Deodorant - glycerine soap or detergent - Lip balm

Equipment:: Backpack (minimum size: 50 liters). - Backpack cover or two large trash bags - Water bottle - Head lamp and batteries - Sunglasses (important!) - Thermos - Trekking poles

Miscellaneous: Camera - Plastic bags for clothing and garbage - Personal First-aid kit - Sunblock (at least SPF 30) - Penknife - Pencil and paper - Lighter (can be purchased in Bariloche)

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Payment Schedule:
1. A deposit of $500.00 must be received by the organizer by November 4. After November 11 this deposit is  nonrefundable
2. 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.

You may want to arrive in Buenos Aires a couple of days early and spend some time 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 EZE to the hotel and from the hotel to AEP 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.

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Member Cost:$1,430.00/Person
Cost Includes:

-Land transportation between Bariloche and El Bolson, between Bariloche and Bariloche airport,         and in the El Bolson area.

-Lodging in the shelters.

-All meals and snacks while on the trails and in the shelters.                                               

-Lodging in a youth hostel in Bariloche on day 7.

-Licensed guide. 

-Airfare (Atlanta to Bariloche and return, changing planes in Buenos Aires).
-Shuttle bus between airports in Buenos Aires (around $15.00 each way).
-Meals in transit to Bariloche.
-Meals while in Bariloche.
-US passport holders do not need a visa to enter Argentina, but must pay a "reciprocity fee" of around $160 to enter the country. This tax is valid for multiple entries.  You must pay this fee before departure from the US. Contact the trip leader for details.

Estimate the total cost of this trip, including airfare, lodging in hotels, event cost, etc, at around $4,000.

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.