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Argentina- Mendoza and Patagonia

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brysonh · · SLC, UT · Joined May 2012 · Points: 0

For our honeymoon we are headed to Argentina and looking to split time between Patagonia (El Chalten) and Mendoza. We will be in country for a little over two weeks. A few questions:

We would likely be doing some of the hiking/trekking in the area, but wouldn't be doing any alpine climbing. Is it worth bringing a rack? Most of my experience and comfort is with sport climbing, and I am a little hesitant to drag a rack out there, but could be persuaded. 

We were looking at doing some climbing in Patagonia and understand there is some climbing in El Chalten, and are interested in also climbing in Mendoza if feasible.

How is the climbing? How accessible is it? What's the best way to get there? 

We pretty early in or planning. Any suggestions (climbing, hiking, lodging, ect) would be appreciated. 

the schmuck · · Albuquerque, NM · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 110

Great sport with fantastic camping at Piedra Parada.  A bit out of the way from Chalten though (Pata is huge). Frey has good and fairly moderate trad in a spectacular setting. 

brysonh · · SLC, UT · Joined May 2012 · Points: 0

Thanks! That is helpful. Anyone have insight about the climbing near Mendoza?

Loganator · · blue van, on the highway to no · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 240

Outside of Mendoza is escarabajo, it's alright sport climbing and accessible by bus. Great highline community there, go find them in the parks of Mendoza (can't miss the 100m lines they string up daily!). They climb too... Santuario near San Rafael is incredible sport climbing, but very difficult to access.

If you head to bouldering/climbing gyms, you'll find community and perhaps local information on good places to climb. Chalten has lots of sport climbing I've heard too. 

Cor · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 1,460

ElChalten has sport climbing, but it’s no destination.  If you want to hike/trek around the awesome peaks, then go...

Brian Banta · · Pacifica, CA · Joined May 2012 · Points: 50


Just got the Arenales guidebook (just ouside Mendoza) and looks like there is quite a bit of trad climbing there.  

I am headed there Jan 12th-18th (or maybe Bariloche) before heading down to el Chalten.  Looking for partners  


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