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By grego
From SLC, Utah
Aug 4, 2014
Pulling the crux on Gemini
All,

I'm looking for some partners to climb with in Patagonia this next January through February. I will be touring with my wife, but she is not much of a multi pitcher. We are tentatively planning on spending the first half of January in El Frey, the second half of January in Cochamo, and then heading to Chalten. I have ton of gear, I'm a competent 5.12 trad leader, and I would love to climb the classics. I'm particularly interested in finding a partner for Cochamo. If you are interested, or know anybody who is, please let me know. Also, does anybody know how easy it is to find a partner once you are down there. Do people meet at the refugios?

Greg

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By grego
From SLC, Utah
Aug 5, 2014
Pulling the crux on Gemini
Awesome! I'm glad I have had so much response! Ha. C'mon. Nobody is going to be in Patagonia?

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By beatfeet
From Nashville, TN
Aug 6, 2014
Traditions
I'll be in El Chalten for all of January, February, and maybe some of March. I more or less have partners lined up for a good bit of that time, but nothing is 100% (other than knowing I'll be there). I'm always down for swapping info and having another person around to climb with or just swap beta. I was there briefly a couple years ago and have a decent feel for the place. Also speak pretty good spanish. I've never been to Cochamo (have been to El Frey). My guess is that you will want to max out your time in El Chalten if you can. The town, the climbing, the scenery... hard to beat.

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By grego
From SLC, Utah
Aug 6, 2014
Pulling the crux on Gemini
beatfeet wrote:
I'll be in El Chalten for all of January, February, and maybe some of March. I more or less have partners lined up for a good bit of that time, but nothing is 100% (other than knowing I'll be there). I'm always down for swapping info and having another person around to climb with or just swap beta. I was there briefly a couple years ago and have a decent feel for the place. Also speak pretty good spanish. I've never been to Cochamo (have been to El Frey). My guess is that you will want to max out your time in El Chalten if you can. The town, the climbing, the scenery... hard to beat.


Great! I'll PM you. El Chalten looks amazing. I hope we can climb together on the other side of the world.

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By White Lightning
From Bozeman MT
Aug 6, 2014
Greg,

The close-quarters community in Cochamo is super conducive to finding random partners. Chances are, several parties will be new-routing and looking for help, and many more will be climbing the classics with room in their group.

If you hang out in La Junta for a day or two, you are bound to find other climbers with similar ability and high levels of stoke. Either way, enjoy!

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By grego
From SLC, Utah
Aug 7, 2014
Pulling the crux on Gemini
White Lightning wrote:
Greg, The close-quarters community in Cochamo is super conducive to finding random partners. Chances are, several parties will be new-routing and looking for help, and many more will be climbing the classics with room in their group. If you hang out in La Junta for a day or two, you are bound to find other climbers with similar ability and high levels of stoke. Either way, enjoy!


Thanks! I was hoping Cochamo is a tight-knit as it seems. Do you know if El Frey is the same way? I'm guessing Chalten isn't, as the routes are much more committing.

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By beatfeet
From Nashville, TN
Aug 8, 2014
Traditions
El frey has a refugio/cabin in the cirque that serves as a gathering place for all the climbers. I think it would be easy enough to find a partner there. Speaking spanish would be very helpful as it was pretty much all spanish speakers the one week i was there (no idea if that is typical). It would be a little trickier in el chalten but still possible. Town is small, but it is disjointed enough that you may spend several days or more trying to find the right person. The climbers stand out to some extent but there are plenty of gore texed out "backpackers" that look the part from a distance.

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By chuckdrew
From Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Dec 23, 2014
Hey Greg!

I'll be down there around the same time and looking for partners too. Are you still planning on being in El Chalten and Chochamo?

Cheers!

Chuck

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By kirkadirka
From Boulder
Dec 23, 2014
turkey rocks
I will be down from mid Jan to March and looking for partners at both Chalten and Cochamo.

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By grego
From SLC, Utah
Dec 24, 2014
Pulling the crux on Gemini
Kirk and Thomas. I hope you received the emails I just sent you. Chuck, I will definitely still be heading to Frey and probably Cochamo. What about you?

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By chuckdrew
From Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Dec 25, 2014
Hey Grego! I'm planning to be in Cochamo from Jan 20 to Feb 11ish and then head down to Chalten until mid March. That's a pretty loose plan I super flexible with locations and dates.

Merry Xmas!

Chuck

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By Nate Tack
Dec 26, 2014
Bump!

I'm in El Chalten now and looking for a partner for Jan/Feb. Anyone care to tie in? Weather has been a bit iffy but I predict good windows ahead.

Nate

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By chuckdrew
From Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Dec 26, 2014
Change of plans for me. I am going to head to El Chalten first getting there on January 22 until February 21st then on to Cochamo until mid March. I've talked to a handful of people and it seems that most of them are going to be in El Chalten for January/Feb and Frey/Cochamo for March.

I don't have any firm plans once I am at either of these destinations and am looking for partners for those dates. I am a competent 5.11 leader and love climbing big stuff - Most psyched on a few routes up Fitz Roy.

If you're interested shoot me and email at chuckdrew [at] gmail.com or facebook.com/chuckdrew

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By Eric Barcelo
From Los Angeles, CA
Dec 27, 2014
Hey guys

me and my buddy Tyler will be down in Chalten area around January 20th, staying there for a couple of weeks before we try our luck in Tierra del Fuego mountains. We've got some trad gear, lots of rope, and a crazy spirit of adventure. Would love to meet up with other climbers to hit up some of the classics around the Chalten area.

Eric

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By Alex Chase
Dec 28, 2014
Hi Everyone.

My name is Alex and I'll be in Bariloche Jan 5th through the 20th. Looking for a sport climbing partner. I climb around 7B (5.12B) at the moment.

Also any beta on where to stay and where to meet sport climbers in town would be great. Thanks.

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By Eric Barcelo
From Los Angeles, CA
Dec 28, 2014
Hey Alex

A lot of the climbers from Bariloche meet at the Refugio, since that's where lots of the climbing is centered around. I'll be there middle of January before heading to El Chalten so maybe I'll run into you!

Cheers
Eric

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By grego
From SLC, Utah
Jan 11, 2015
Pulling the crux on Gemini
All, bring american dollars. The exchange rate is great on the streets and poor at the bank. So if you need to withdraw cash from an ATM, you get a crappy rate. Also, if anybody is still heading this way, bring some extra dollars for me and I'll PayPal you money. I'm the idiot who didn't know you can't get dollars in Argentina!

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