Join certified mountain guide Jorge on a 5-day glacier, mountaineering and crevasse rescue course in the beautiful Cerro Tronador in Bariloche, Argentina!
If you are a mountaineer looking for more independence and safety in the mountains then this course in Bariloche is for you.
During 5 days you will have the chance to join me in the stunning Tronador for an intensive training in glacier, mountaineering and crevasse rescue skills.
Our trip will begin in Bariloche. After meeting up there, we will drive to the Tronador mountain and begin our hike to the Otto Meiling hut. This will be our base for the following four days. The next morning we will begin our training sessions. We will first trek to find the ideal spot to put our skills to practice. Then we will cover the necessary techniques to tackle difficult mountain situations. On our fourth day, we will get the chance to climb to the Tronador summit at an altitude of 3200m. This will give us a chance to put everything we have learned to practice. Finally, we will celebrate together before returning to Bariloche the following day.
This course is intended for climbers with some mountaineering skills and a good level of fitness. It will give you the necessary knowledge to take on more challenging explorations in the mountains. It will also be a fun and entertaining experience in the Andes!
Would you like to take your mountaineering to the next level? do you fantasize with exploring remote regions and breathtaking glaciers? Then book your place now and join me on this glacier, mountaineering and crevasse rescue course in Bariloche!
Otto Meiling hut or camping.
Minimum 4 participants per course.
We will meet early in the morning in Bariloche and then drive to Cerro Tronador. From there we will hike 4 to 5 hours to the Otto Meiling Hut.
On day two we will trek to a glacier and begin our training. We will cover glacier trekking; ropes; crevasse rescue; and crampon skills.
After breakfast we will again set off to find some crevices to practice in and reinforce the lessons from day 2. Then, we will also practice building snow caves if the weather permits. We will cover winter camping skills include snow melting, and work with GPS and maps.
On day 4 we will climb to the summit of Cerro Tronador. This will give us a chance to practice all of our newly acquired skills. We will also learn short roping. Finally, we will return to celebrate in the hut. In total ascent and descent will take us approximately 12 hours.
On our last day we will descend back to Pampa Linda where we will have a couple of beers and relax before driving back to Bariloche.
UIAGM-IFMGA-IVBV Mountain Guide
My name is Jorge, and I am one of the first IFMGA/UIAGM Certified Mountain Guides in Argentina. I got my full UIAGM-IFMGA certification in 2005. I was one of the pioneer mountain guides in Argentina and Chile to introduce Ski Mountaineering and Backcountry Skiing back in 1999.
In 2009, I became one of the first Argentines to work as a Ski Guide on the Antarctic Peninsula and ski peaks in that area. I helped, co-worked and guided ski athletes from Salomon, Arcteryx, Smith and the North face, such as Xavier de Le Rue, Luca de Bari, Eric Hjorleifson and other pro-athletes of the ski industry in the production of ski films in Argentina and Chile.
I have been guiding across Patagonia for more than 15 years now. In the past few years I have also guided in Antarctica, Norway and Iceland.
Patagonia is my home. This is where I started to develop most of my guiding skills and experiences at an early age. Today, I spend half of the year guiding overseas, and the other half guiding in Argentina and Chile.
Regarding my personal resume as a guide and sportsman, some of the highlights include classic Granite climbs in Yosemite National Park like the Half Dome Regular NW face in a day and Sentinel Rock (Herbert- Chouinard route); several ski mountaineering expeditions to Alaska including the inner Chugach range; the Wrangell's-Saint Elias range, spending two weeks in a tent in the Icefield, skiing couloirs and faces as much as we could. Other great mountaineering expeditions I went on include:
- A remote expedition to Mariano Moreno in the Patagonian Icefield
- Several rock climbs in Europe, like the Dolomites, Slovakia, French and Swiss Alps, and Spain
- Guiding the Mont Blanc ascent on skis
- Technical classic ice/rock Rebuffat- Terray on Pelerins in Chamonix
- Frendo Spur in Chamonix
- Fitz Roy and other satellites spires in Patagonia
I happily spend a lot of my time on skis, and guiding mostly technical backcountry and volcanoes in Patagonia.
I’m fluent in Spanish and English.
The trip was really successful. I got an excellent guide Pablo, I am sorry that didn\'t know his surname. Pablo is very professional and responsible guide. He knows an area perfectly, very attentive and caring in relation to client. Thanks to him I did evan more than really could. I learnt with him a new ski techniques and my ski level really rose. Patagonian mountains is a place of strongest beauty and I think that to spend there even a few days is a rare success. I surely recommend Andescross company and guide Pablo for turing skiing in Patagonia.
This was my first experience of a backcountry and Patagonian skiing and it could not have been a more rewarding experience. Unbelievable scenery, fantastic skiing and great fun. Jorge is the consummate host, able to combine a group of mixed ability fitness and experience without ever compromising on the level of challenge: guide, teacher, asador, guitar master and now friend, I cannot recommend Andescross highly enough
Jorge was a phenomenal mountain guide. He put us in some great snow and kept everyone safe. He is personally a great guy and went out of his way to make sure everyone had a great time. I\'m always happy to serve as a reference for anyone considering a trip with Andescross. Spent two days in Baguales. Snow as incredible and the food was tier I. A truly unique, top tier experience. Hundreds of acres of private ski land in the Andes provided a unique, isolated touring experience. Spent four days at Frey Hut. Jorge knew all the tips and tricks to make the stay very enjoyable. We toured up to a few peaks every day. Made lots of friends from all walks of life. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat, and hopefully take more time to do a few volcanoes later in the season. Next on the list - Antarctica or Norway with Andescross!
I can\'t say enough good things about AndesCross and my recent 7 day backcountry hut tour. Trip of a life time in all aspects. We skied incredible terrain, experienced the local culture and had an amazing time as a group. Everyone had the opportunity to achieve bigger ski objectives while staying safe. Jorge made sure everyone in our group had a great experience, both while skiing and while in Bariloche. None of the pictures do justice. Everything was perfect. I\'ve done a number of similar trips in the US and Canada and would rank this at the very top of my list.
I had a great time in Bariloche and went with Andescross to climb in Frey and also ascend Cerro Tronador along with a friend I was travelling with. Jorge is awesome and made the whole experience enjoyable. His love of this beautiful area comes across and he was very accommodating with us, working around the weather (it snowed one night at Frey) and maximizing the amount and quality of climbing we did. He also took us to Cerro Lopez to get one last climb in since we had minimal good weather up at Frey. Jorge is a great guide and I was very comfortable climbing with him. After a couple day\'s rest we ascended Cerro Tronador with Nahuel. It is a great glacier climb with a spicy finish. A pretty demanding ascent and descent, but well worth the view from Pico Argentina. I would definitely go climbing with Jorge and Andescross again and hope to soon!
Group of 2
|USD 202 each|
Group of 3
|USD 150 each|
Want a different number of travellers?
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
These are DAILY PRICES and they will be multiplied based on the final number of arranged days.
INCLUDES: Transportation in-out from Pampa Linda; UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain guide;
Assistant after 4 students;
Ropes, harnesses, crampons.
NOT INCLUDED: Lodging or tenting/ camping in Meiling hut; camping equipment;
Meals in the mountains;
Lodging in town.