Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
We’ll leave Bariloche and drive through a scenic road to Pampa Linda, a beautiful valley at the base of the Tronador Massif. From here we will start hiking up to the Otto Meiling hut (5-hour hike with 3000 ft/ 914 m of elevation gain). To me it’s one of the most beautiful hikes in the area, with enormous Coihues or Evergreen Beach forest at the start and then fantastic views of the hanging Castaño Overa glacier, listening to the thundering sounds of the huge chunks falling off.
Once at the hut, we’ll enjoy a nice rest and then we’ll get ready for the following day. Some delicious meals also await there!
We’ll have a super early start, around 3 or 4 am. After having a light breakfast we’ll start hiking with headlamps. Once on the glacier we will rope up and soon enjoy an incredible sunrise with the alpenglow on the peaks! We will gently ascend along the glacier facing different crevasses and ridges. After 4 walking hours we will reach the “depression”, which is a bowl between the International and the Argentine peaks.
From here a short steeper climb up to the “Windy Pass” and then to the Argentine peak. The last section is the most technical, a little steeper and sometimes hard with a small rock band to reach the summit! Now it’s time to relax, enjoy and appreciate such a landscape. After that we will head back by the same way. The round trip will take 12 intense hours.
Finally back at the hut to enjoy some good “mates” or a cold beer! Later, another delicious dinner.
Today we will have a leisurely morning enjoying the stunning views and the Condors soaring above the ridges. By midday we will head back down to Pampa Linda and then to Bariloche.
This road has a one way timetable so we can only start driving back after 4 PM.
UIAGM-IFMGA guide in Argentina
I grew up in Buenos Aires to Scottish parents. I was lucky to travel and camp all around this beautiful country hence developing a great passion for the outdoors.
So once I finished my degree in Physical Educacion and also had a Trekking Guide certification (1997), and after spending my summers as a climbing bum up at Frey, I decided Bariloche was the place I wanted to live in.
My passion has allowed me to pursue my dreams of climbing some big walls in Yosemite, the Bugaboos, some faces in the Alps and Dolomites and other closer to here in Brasil, Peru and Bolivia.
I spent a few season working down in Southern Patagonia, El Chalten at the Base of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Here I learned my skills in dealing with all the minor details of managing groups.
Later when Argentina proudly became part of the IFMGA/UAIGM, I took part in the first course/promotion and got certified as a Technical guide (2005).
I’ve been leading trips with NOLS and Outward Bound for the last decade almost and got to learn the soft skills for personal development which has made my expertise as a Guide a lot richer.
Now settled for sometime in Bariloche with a family (two beautiful daughters Sarah and Camila), I’ve decided to work more and more for myself and directly with potential clients and future friends.
Focusing mainly in tailor made programs specially developed for each individual interest. Backcountry skiing, Mountaineering, Rock cimbing, etc!!!
Looking forward to sharing some great times together!!!
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