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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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