Patagonia Rock Trip
Trip Start Jan 14, 2009
57Trip End May 2010
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The view of the Lakes District of Bariloche with Nate and Alisa (the Lakes District is shared by Chile and Argentina). Off the bus and immediately on the trails!
With our rock gear, camping gear and five days of food, our bags were coming in at 60 and 50 pounds respectively. We were not stoked for the long approach in, but we found a great camp spot up high (above Refugio Frey) and even had enough time to climb some random rock near our camp. (The area in which we were climbing is referred to as Frey from its namesake Refugio Frey, an alpine hut that sits near a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by towers of granite.)
This crack gave us our first taste of the Patagonian granite!!
Our first night camping up high treated us to a starrier sky than either of can remember. The milky way in Patagonia is beyond milky... it's a soupy mess of stars!!
Sunset on Mt Tronador
Views of the rock from our camp
The next day we climbed a lovely route on El Piramidal that introduced us to how adventurous the climbing in the Frey really is! Many climbs guide book off the beaten path have only been climbed a couple times, and few have bolts or rappel anchors of any kind, leaving you to bring your own tat or leave behind gear on the route.
El Piramidel in morning light. Absolutely spectacular granite!
Views of other granite spires on our approach to El Piramidel
Lindsey looking at the North face of el Piramidel
Lindsey getting stoked as we get higher on the route
Looking up the route
Our favourite climb was definitely a route up Aguja Frey (aguja = needle). This 100 meter tower is ascended via beautiful crack and face climbing! When we got the summit, we were getting blasted by classic Patagonian westerly wind! We used whistles to communicate between pitches (shout out to Dave B for this tip!).
Aguja Frey just before sunrise (the pointy spire). We woke at 5:45am to be the first on the route, which we´d definitely recommend to anyone who´s intersted in climbing on the Frey because it´s the most popular crag for it´s proximity to the refujio and it´s stellar granite. There ended up being a couple parties of the Argentinian military behind us on the route and we were glad we were in front for various reasons!
Hiking towards Aguja Frey
Lindsey arriving at the second pitch - Laguna Tronchek in the background
L & B at the summit of Aguja Frey
Hope you enjoy the photos! Here´s a link to all of the photos of our trip up Frey:
We are still uploading these as we get internet access in between our errands.
We are taking a rest day today and we are pysched to have found a bus that will get us down to El Chalten directly from here so we hope to be seeing Southern Patagonia by the end of the month! If all works out, we will be back camping and climbing tomorrow!
Big props and thanks to all you readers (and commenters) out there! We love hearing from you!