Adventuras de Meg y Lew travel blog

King of the Mountain!

Hitting the links in Bariloche!

the course wasn't much, but what do you expect for 10 pesos!

but the views are amazing

I realize that I suck just the same no matter which country...

doing some lawn work for the Destino Sur for room and board!

the plaza in Bariloche!

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Getting started on the Nahuel Huapi Traverse!

working our way around the mountain...

breather!

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approaching the Refugio Piedras...

the shelter built under the boulder

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the Catedral in the backdrop!

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the Catedral bowl at brisk sun'up!

Refugio Frey...we camped outside in the freezing cold!

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Do want more rice???

we found a bit of wind shelter for the night!

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getting hydrated to climb over the Catedral!

a look down from the top!

it was some pretty rugged terrain!

the steeples

but rewarding when we got over the top!

Crystal blue mountain waters!

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Ori making his way up the steep rock wall face!

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Mt. Tronador

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making our first decent down into the valley!

stopping to fill up our water bottles

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the last rough ascent!

suckin air!

at the top!

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almost there Ori!

laguna negra down below!

top of the world...

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you can just barely see refugio Jakob!

sun rise from camp...

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sun-up over the mountains!

a nearby laguna we walked to...

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crystal clear water!

the valley!

the Refugio and laguna Jakob.

getting ready for the way back down.

cozy little place

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making our way down valley

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we found a nice little water fall!

and Ori, the crazy Japonese man decided to go for a dip!

and we followed suite

needless to say...it wasn't the warmest water I have ever been in!

making our way accross the river!

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the autumns here rival those in MN

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an extraordinary tree that we came across!

stopping for a breather!

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pretty rickety!

stopping to fill up our water bottles!

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we finally reached the bottom and treated ourselves to gourmet hotdogs and...

it was a long story on how we ended up here!

after 24 kilometers and 12 hrs of walking, we finally caught the...

manuel plumbing...fun huh Josh???

Turista...a chocolate and ice cream lovers heaven!

Josh spent about one hundred pesos there!

good ole' Danny boy!

and his cute little purse shop!

our last night in Bariloche!

wrapping it up with a bonfire!

and one more of Danny's famous asados

cheers/salud

and thats getting it done!!


Finally...after a gruleing 36 hour bus ride we arrived back into this pleasant little town, for some R & R and some trekking! Our first priority of business back in Bariloche (besides returning Danny's warm clothes) was to put on the hiking shoes and do the Nahuel Huapi traverse trek that we had missed out on the first time we were here!!! The trek all in all is a 5 day 4 night trek through Bariloche's Huapi national park, taking you through beautiful mountainous valleys, past waterfalls, and generally through breathtakingly beautiful countryside. We seemed to time the trek the best we possibly could, as were there during the peak color for the lake district's fall.

The trek started out at Catedral ski resort, which holds the best ski slopes of all Argentina. from the resort, a trail head lead us around the mountain towards the back side of the Catedral formations up to the Refugio Frey for night number 1. We got in just about nightfall, and set up camp right next to a little mountainous laguna for a brisk night in the tent! The second day took us up the steep slopes of the Catedral rocks, straight down the mountain through some difficult loose rock terrain, through a valley and then back up and over one more mountain saddle. This day was probually the most strenuous trekking we have had in all of S.A., bringing us to the refugio Jakob right at dawn. The next pass of the traverse was unadvised by the refugio tenent, as the trail was in dangerous condition due to severe ice and snow! He had told us a few horror stories of an Isralie, and a local couple that went for the pass against his consent and ended up in pretty rough condition, so we opted to take his advice and decend via an alt. route! After a long hike down valley to the dirt road, we found out that the bus doesn't run that route anymore, forcing us to walk another 2 and 1/2 hours down a dirt road in the dark to the ghost town of Colonia Suiza ( with a larger population of stray dogs than people). Needless to say it was a wierd evening of talking to drunk locals in Spanish, and waiting for the last local bus of the night to Bariloche! We finally caught the 10:30, and it was the best feeling to sit down on that bus seat! All in all it was an adventurous trek, and it sure felt great to get back to the comforts of our hostel! The next day we relaxed and treated ourselves to the country's best chocolate and ice cream, and closed off our last night in Bariloche with a good ole fashion bonfire and asado under the clear southern sky!

It was another great time in Bariloche, but time to start making our way up North,from here on out it looks like North is the direction we will be heading...



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