The expeditionary nature of this year’s excursion into the Avellanos resulted in some pretty specific lessons, some that should probably have been obvious. – Use a ration planning model. Do not succumb to good enough or eyeballing. Duh, that should have been obvious. Matt did some math before we went to the Supermercado, but without […]
“Bahia Murta is the next El Chalten” Matt has said more than once. Having never seen Chalten prior to its transformation into “The Trekking Capital of Argentina” I imagine that, at some point, it was a lot like Bahia Murta is now. In some ways, I think we both dream a bit of being at […]
“Oh, Patagonia.” It is not the first time that sigh has escaped my lips here in the Avellano region, but it is the first time today. Dave, Ting-ting, Matt and I are crowded under our blue and grey cook tent. It is relatively comfortable within this lightweight refuge, large awkward rocks, cramped sitting positions and […]
The group process yielded a desire to climb something. After talking options for a half hour or forty-five minutes we reached the conclusion that moving over the saddle to the base of our objective was not the best choice for our one day weather “window.” With our gear already at the saddle, making use of […]
“Where are you going with those” Dave asks, a bit perplexed as I grab the three mostly full duffle bags of food from the cook tent. “I am a visual person”, I respond. “I need to spread the food out to do a proper inventory.” I cart the bags down the thirty degree slope to […]
The shaggy haired blonde guy looked a bit out of place, no doubt just as I did. He was wandering around the Bigger grocery store with a stack of dulce de leche tubs. I pushed my sugary snack laden grocery cart away from the dulces and made my way toward Dave, Matt and Ting Ting […]
I feel somewhat relieved that I won’t spend much time studying and staring at these meteograms this year. I am excited for the remote nature of our expedition.