Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Last week in Buenos Aires 2005

August 31st.

We have a white house, they have The Pink House.

It is my last day in Argentina. Tonight I fly home, and back to regular life.

Friday, August 26, 2005


August 24th.
Buenos Aires Boca Juniors vs Colombia´s Once Caldas. Boca takes their revenge by easily winning 3-1. I am not sure what the barbed wire fence is for!??

Monday, August 22, 2005


August 18th

Day trip to elevated town of Cachi. One block wide, so basically just a nice shady plaza and a large old cemetery on the outskirts. Nice ride switch backing above one of the regions Calchaquíe valleys and through a high plateau.

Tomorrow one last overnight bus and a quick flight to Buenos Aires.

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Northern Argentina

August 17th - 19th

One last town to see in the far north. Almost the same latitude as Chilean Atacama desert and not that far. I feel as though I have taken the long way around since I could have easily come here back in July. City of Salta, with many markets and one grand plaza.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Last day in Mendoza

August 16th

More pictures... Open gutters on every street. They make for potential hazards during the walk home after a night out.

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August 12th - 16th

The many tree lined streets of Mendoza. Great small city, just east of the Andes.

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Leaving Las Leñas

August 5th - 11th

Well this is certainly the best area in South America. Long steeps, best snow, endless backcountry opportunities. Fully isolated resort surrounded by the mountains. Still everything moves slow, long nights for everyone has the lifts open in stages throughout the morning. Truly on Argentinean time.

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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Las Leñas

August 6th

Big mountain, mucha nieve. At least 250cm of fresh. Still we wait for top to be cleared...

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Friday, August 05, 2005


August 1st

Small batch wine maker CarinaE just outside of Mendoza, which is Argentina's wine capital. Mostly malbecs all fed off the snow melt from the Andes.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Leaving Bariloche

July 31st

After 3 days straight of heavy rains in town, now heading north to Mendoza. 19 hours via bus. Will wait out a big storm and then backtrack to Las Leñas ski resort.

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rain, rain, rain....

July 27-30th

Many diversions in Bariloche. You certainly do not find food or nightlife like this in Chile. Eat until 1am, then stay out until 5-7am every night.

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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Cerro Catedral

July 27th

The ski resort overlooking the lake town. Conditions are only ok, and the terrain hardly compares to Chillan.

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Thursday, July 28, 2005


July 25th

Bariloche Argentina on Lago Nahuel Huapi. A proper ski town with year round activities. Probably the biggest in South America, though not known to be best in skiing.

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On to Argentina

July 24th

Through the Puyehue National Park. One of the few passes in southern Chile lake district into Argentina Patagonia.

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Monday, July 25, 2005

More of the thermas

July 23rd

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Las Trancas

July 23rd

Leaving the valley below the Thermas. Headed south and then east through one of the passes to Argentina.

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Thermas de Chillan

July 20-22nd

I finally made it to the slopes. It's the biggest area in southern Chile, though there has not been new snow for a week. Packed and groomed, and off trail has soft and solid spots. The most accessible off-piste is a long rolling group of gullies and natural pipes, with occasional short steeps.

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Friday, July 22, 2005


July 17th.

One hour bus break in Antofagasta.

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22 hour bus

July 17th.

I just left San pedro in the midst of a 3 or 4 days of heavy winds. Should have left yesterday. Though now riding in style on the salon cama bus overnight to Santiago.

Pictures of the dust storm leaving the Atacama, and now the shoreline two hours north of the capital.

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Friday, July 15, 2005

July 13th.

More ruins at the top.

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The peak

July 13th.

5916 meters after 1500m rise. Not very technical, though lots of loose rock. This was our guide Marcelo's 348th trip to the top. Here is Andrew, Marcelo, myself and Chris.

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July 13th.

Started very early after a nutritious 5 minute breakfast of a tortilla and a cliff bar. Marcelo keeps us at steady slow pace through the dark with the occasional pause. The day before I was easily winded at a normal hiking pace.

The sun started to come up over Argentina about 2 hours into the ascent. Both lakes are finally visible together. The top is reached after about 5-5.5 hours.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Base of volcan

July 12th

A last shot from the base, and salt on the green lake. Tommorow up and out before dawn.

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Laguna Verde

July 12th

At the base of volcan not far from laguna verde (4400 m). Said to be green from the Incas tossing copper away as the were fleeing the conquistadors. Inca ruins right here as well. Three of us will tent here, but our guide Marcadio "macarena" only sleeps outside (30° F).

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