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Dec 23, 2008 - Carry to Nido de Condores (5250m)

We were up around 9am and watched as the other expeditions loaded up and leave around noon. We left shortly after to carry to Nido. We rested at the rocks and then headed up to where we stashed our water. As we were resisting we saw Chris from Tacoma, he had enough and was on his way down. He said Peter was bringing down Wayne's stuff as the two of them were done with the mountain. Too bad they didn't take it a bit slower as they likely could have made it. We carried on zig zagging our way up the mountain. About 1/2 hr before Nido, I had...

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Dec 22, 2008 - Plaza de Mulas to Plaza Canada (4910m)

We awoke at 9am and hear the other Tacoma fellows and Peter leave and wished them luck. We packed up, had breakfast and said hasta la vista to Adriana and wished her a Feliz Navidad. We started out around 12noon and are slower today as our bags are heavy. It took us 2 hours to reach Piedras Conway. We followed the trail and it seemed to take us much longer. I ran out of steam after 3 hours so it took us 4 hours to reach Plaza Canada. We set up the tent and settled in, retrieved our Orviz bag that was cached and made dinner. We crawled into...

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Mar 18, 2007 - Chilly Chile

I arrived in Santiago, the Capital City of Chile from Lima - Peru. Here I only stayed one day as I made my way to the best surf spot in Chile in a town called Pichilemu. I arrived in the afternoon and quickly made my way down the beach to the not so inviting freezing waters, but with waves up to 2m on offer, I had to go in. Surprisingly, it wasn't as cold as expected, but it was still far colder then anything I had sampled back home in Australia. Hence the title of this entry; 'Chilly Chile' So here I was in a foreign land, surfing a wave...

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Mikey's World Trip

Jan 20, 2007 - Summit Attempt (6962m)

Summit Attempt (6962m). Return to C3 (5900m). 9-10 hrs. Tent We were up at 6:30am and readied ourselves for a 7:30 - 8:00am departure. Of course it turned out to be the later time and this is getting to me. We should have left before 6am like everyone else!! Right from the beginning Fero had commented to me: "These two fellows seem to need maids & butlers and what are they doing on a climbing expedition!" We set off for the 1200m elevation climb. The snow was very deep in parts and we would sink to our knees, very tough going and it is...

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Jan 14, 2007 - Rest Day at C1 (4800m)

C1 (4800m). Tent Thankfully today is a rest day. This is a method frequently used for climbing at altitude, the seesaw: climb high, sleep low, rest, climb high, rest, climb high, sleep low, rest and repeat. It is a beautiful day, the sun is high in the sky and the sky very blue. We took our time getting up and had a chat with Augusto. Everyone was pretty spent yesterday so he designated today as a rest day and then we will carry food to Camps 2 & 3 tomorrow. Spent a quiet day at camp, well somewhat. Chicago Joe came for a visit and Augusto...

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Jan 13, 2007 - Climb to C1 (4800m)

C1 (4800m). 3-6 hrs Tent We were awoken by the loud sound of a helicopter around 7am. Generally when you hear that sound in the mountains, it means someone is ill or in trouble and needs to be rescued or taken down. Needless to say we were wide awake wondering what had happened. Turns out, it was to there to remove the garbage and the portable toilets!! Having calmed our heart rates we have breakfast and ready our bags and tent for the move to Camp 1. We thought we would have lighter loads after the cache & carry a couple of days ago,...

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Dec 8, 2006 - Ground Hog day

Ola !!! I am in Santiago de chile , Chile , south america i have crossed the international date line so only actually set off from tams house in welly 10 mins ago. Very odd. HAd the worst flight ever with LAN had a bulk head seat but was so squashed clearly plane designed for sawn off short south american types i was the tallest on the plane by about 5 inches. No american could ever sit down in economy glad i lost weight before i arrived in s. america or i would have had to be transported with the luggage. First impressions of chile its hot...

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Sus' BIG TRIP

Sep 17, 2006 - Uspallata

Framed by the snowcapped Andes, Uspallata silver leaves and vineyards were used as the scenic backdrop for Brad Pitt's epic film Seven Years in Tibet. I went on some hikes in the surrounding hillsides and spent my evenings absentmindedly chewing on Argentine beef. My time was enveloped by an underlying sadness, awareness that this was the last time I would drink Argentine wine, the last time I would lay eyes on the Andes, the last bus ride I would take...at least for a while.

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Sam Guevara '05-'06

Feb 17, 2006 - Crossing the incredible Andes back into Argentina

Today we were to take one of the most spectacular rides of the tour. Leaving Vina del Mar, Chile we traveled east to the entrance of one of the highest mountain passes in the world at 12,000'. The final stretch of road to the top is known as the Caracoles, which in spanish means "conch". The road is reminiscent of the spirals of a conch shell when viewed from the top. This was a great ride through some of the highest mountains in the western hemisphere. We passed directly by Cerro Aconcagua, which at 28,834' is the highest mountain in the...

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Jan 11, 2006 - Uspallata.. dernière étape au pied de la cordillère avant de rejoindre le Chili

Dernière alte dans une toute petite bourgade au pied de la cordillère des andes... au milieu des montagnes.... c 'est histoire de ne pas faire un trajet trop long pour rejoindre le chili. Cette route vaut vraiment la peine d'etre faite de jour.... l'ultime traversee de la cordillère des andes... c'est ici que la chaine montagneuse se termine ! Petit camping municipal pour passer la nuit et balade a velo le long de la chaine de montagne.... en plein cagnard !

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Lenalatina 2005

Jul 31, 2005 - Los Penitentes - The Andes, Argentina

We got a cab at 6ish for our 7 o'clock coach departure. It took us 165km West from Mendoza along a long road into the great range of the Andes. Our altitude swiftly rose and we were soon surrounded by snowed topped peaks and steep ravines, and valleys all ranging from yellows, to ochres, to pinks and reds, and even black in the horizon. After three hours we reached our destination - Los Penitentes, a ski resort not far from Aconcagua the tallest mountain in the Andes and South America. Both the scenery and snowcover here is excellent. Our...

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May 27, 2005 - Crossing the Andes

After scoring a bus to Chile we drove out to the barren foothills the Adnes to an impressive sights. The Andes stand like a snow covered wall to Chile, the contrast of colours is really striking. It took about 7 hours to get to Chile and about 5 of that was winding our way through the mountain pass. The views where amazing and although flying is about 6 hours faster, the bus was a far more exciting choice.

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