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“Aguja de la S” alpine guided climbing

A 3-day mountaineering trip in company of Merlín, a certified mountain guide from Argentina. Join him in this unique adventure in Aguja de la S peak, ideal for experienced climbers looking a challenge in the Patagonia.

Andes

3 Days

Jan - Mar, Nov, Dec


Description

“Aguja de la S” is the name of a 2.335-meter peak located in El Chaltén, Santa Cruz province (Argentina).

As a Patagonian UIAGM-IFMGA mountain guide I want to invite you to a 3-day climb up to Aguja de la S summit. It will be a really challenging trip for advanced and technical climbers. Indeed, multi-pitch rock climbing and ice climbing experience is mandatory.

During the expedition you can enjoy amazing landscapes, including lakes, glaciers and granite lands.

Our trail-head will be the Hosteria El Pilar. It’s usually the starting point of many trails of the area. It’s located in Rio de las Vueltas Valley, 17 km from El Chalten.

You can find here below, the full itinerary of this program in the Aguja de la S mountain.

DAY 1

You will be transferred to the Hostería El Pilar. Then, we start trekking in direction to Laguna Sucia across the Piedras Blancas Glacier and the Poincenot Camp. During the way there will be some sections with loose rocks.

  • Hiking time for today: 5 hours.

  • Altitude: 800 meters.

DAY 2

Early in the morning (about 5 A.M.) we hike uphill during the first 45 minutes until the glacier base. Now it’s time to put the crampons and rope on and start to climb.

The first climb will be on a 50° slope and then, by 7 rock climbing pitches of V+/ 6ª (in French scale).

We will descent by rappelling down to the start and then, we will hike to the campsite again.

  • Total walking time for today: 14-16 hours.

  • Altitude gain: 1000 meters.

DAY 3

Last trekking day to El Chalten along the Capri Lake.

  • Total walking time: 5 hours.

For more information about prices, next departures and booking feel free to get in touch with me by filling the form. It would be a honor for me to guide you in this Patagonian region I love.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip


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About the guide

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Merlín

5.00

(75)

Mountain Guide

Certified UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide from Argentina.

I live in El Chaltén since 1998. I'm originally from Bariloche and I started with mountain activities when I was 15 years old. I've done climbing and ascents in many mountains of Patagonia, Perú, Bolivia, United States and Europe; such as Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Alpamayo, El Capitán, Mont Blanc and Aconcagua among others. I'm also a Ski Instructor and I am passionate for backcountry ski.

I speak fluent English, Italian and French and have been leading trips and expeditions for more than 20 years. I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available for the trip you request, one of my colleagues will guide you!

Certificates

AAGM | UIAGM

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What people are saying about this trip

Matthew

5.00

Me puse en contacto con Merlin con antelación (fuertemente) para preparar un ascenso alpino en la zona del Fitz Roy. Merlin y Juan eran realmente fantástico en el soporte. Tuvimos varios chat mientras todavía estaba de vuelta a casa a evaluar la experiencia, marchas, posibles alternativas en caso de mal tiempo. Me pareció que todo gestionado de una manera muy profesional, amable y seguro, tanto en el pueblo y durante la subida. Realmente fantástico! Muchas gracias.

Jacob

5.00

Tuvimos una experiencia fenomenal, culminando en una cumbre exitosa de aguja de la S, y recomiendo encarecidamente el montañismo Patagonia. Juan Aguada fue nuestro guía, y él estaba bien informado, capacitado, entusiasta y alentador (y parecía conocer a todos en la montaña! ) - con un montón de historias sobre la zona y sus increíbles escaladas en Fitz Roy, Cerro Solo, etc. Todas nuestras experiencias con el montañismo Patagonia, desde la reserva inicial a la última poco del viaje, era muy profesional. Cuando hice la investigación inicial sobre las opciones de viaje, Merlin se ofreció a Skype y me dieron una minuciosa descripción de las diferentes opciones, y comprensión que necesitamos ser flexibles dado tiempo l�iles de la Patagonia. Él era atento y receptivo a las preguntas que conducen a la vuelta, y se reunió con nosotros tan pronto como llegamos a El Chaltén. Hemos revisado los pronósticos del clima, tanto con él y Juan, para venir con un plan de acción que maximice las posibilidades de tener una subida algo divertido. Cuando el pronóstico del clima cambió, fueron rápidos para comunicarse con nosotros y cambie nuestros planes en consecuencia. Terminamos siendo increíblemente tuvimos suerte con el clima, y tenía un enfoque sorprendentemente soleado para el campamento base. Llegamos a dormir en una cueva de roca, con una magnífica vista de la puesta de sol, y despertaron a un claro y viento matinal. Cruzando el glaciar en el amanecer fue espectacular, y luego nos volvimos locos para llegar a poner en los zapatos de rock y empezar la escalada! La subida era hermosa, y no pudimos conseguir por el hecho de que estábamos mirando en Poincenot y Fitz Roy (espectacular). Juan era cuidado, atento, detallista y entusiasta todo el tiempo, realmente no podría haber pedido una experiencia mejor. Nos gustaría hacer este viaje de nuevo en un abrir y cerrar de ojos.

Harry

5.00

I got in touch with Merlin well in advance (strongly recommend to) to prepare an alpine ascent in Fitz Roy area. Merlin and Jaun were really fantastic in the support. We had several chat while I was still back home to assess experience, gears, possible alternatives in case of bad weather. I found everything managed in a very professional, friendly and safe way, both down in the village and during the climb. Really fantastic! Thanks a lot!


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