The Lessons: Part Vier (the viagra effect)

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

“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 […]

The Reality Check

“Where do you want me Dave?” “Wherever you want.  It’s your lead.”  Dave’s tone is mildly exasperated and slightly frustrated.  He has just finished his block of leads and the last one in particular was a run out slab that wound its way upward for about one hundred and twenty feet of vertical gain for […]

Oh, Patagonia

“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

“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 […]

Southward Bound

The couple across the aisle is making out, or rather maybe just involved in some “heavy cuddling.” They actually look rather uncomfortable, sittin up and turned sideways in their seat. I guess I am probably jealous. We are thirty-thousand feet above Pucon, Chile, or that is what the in-flight sky map is showing. The plane […]

The Lessons: Part Tres

The Lessons – 2014 – Become more well rounded.  Mountains in this range demand a solid command of a wide array of mountain skills.  The past two trips to this arena have led me to believe that I can get away with being a strong alpine rock climber and a not so strong mixed or […]