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Re: aconcagua Nov 2011

Postby polishruben » Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:35 pm

I indent to wear all of my layers, all the time :)
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Re: aconcagua Nov 2011

Postby polishruben » Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:18 pm

Another question to folks who flew US - Santiago - Mendoza. How restrictive is the Agriculture Inspection at the airport ? Can you bring in Mountain Houses, Power bars, etc ?
What will for sure get confiscated ?

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Re: aconcagua Nov 2011

Postby schrund » Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:55 pm

I don't recall anything getting checked. I even brought back some cuban cigars upon the return trip through Santiago no problem. This was in '09'.
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Re: aconcagua Nov 2011

Postby MuchosPixels » Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:10 pm

Hi, Lots of good info given already. Im gonna add some based on my experience.

I would keep layering as simple as possible. This is my setup for cold weather:

Baselayers: Patagonia Capilene 3 1/4zip top long sleeve and bottoms. I tried using a lighter layer under the Cap 3's but that added no warmth at all so I just use the Cap 3's which is awesome.

Pants: I have only hiked in my Mountain Hardwear Navigation softshell pants down to 15F and VERY windy weather and they worked perfectly. I recently got some OR Aspect pants that are burlier to test them out this winter. For Aconcagua I would add an insulated pant that has full zips like a First Ascent Igniter or Patagonia Micropuff. That should more than do.

Top layers:

Main Shell: First Ascent Frontpoint. Love the stand up collar (keeps cold out even when the hood is down) and the hybrid hard/softshell design. Breathes well and is basically water and wind proof. Pretty light but soft and tough and doesnt take that much space. A solid jacket that stops the wind is a must. A softshell might suffice. A Hood is a MUST.

Mid layer: I use a powerstretch fleece. an R1 might also be a good choice. I wouldnt go too heavy on this layer. Great for hike and camp. Think comfort.

Mid layer: This year I added a Arcteryx Atom LT to test out. Awesome piece for active use in cold weather, great design, fit and fabrics.

Down Parka: Outdoor Research Superplume Parka. AWESOME parka, has 320g of high quality down. Bomber. I would skimp on this. A warm parka is a must. You wont be hiking in this but for stops and camp it is gold. When one is tired this thing will keep you warm.

I havent mentioned many other needed items, just the main pieces but I would would love to have Down Booties for camp. I would consider them a necessity.

[ For the hike in I would just add some light nylon hiking pants and a very light wind jacket (many good options) and a very light baselyer top and bottom ]

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Re: aconcagua Nov 2011

Postby polishruben » Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:06 am

Schrund, thanks for that info. I remember reading back 2 years ago, about control on the borders, that was a big sketchy, especially when taking the bus from Santiago to Mendoza. I recall ppl talked about airport tax of some kind, is that still the case ?

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Re: aconcagua Nov 2011

Postby jmanner » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:22 pm

polishruben wrote:Schrund, thanks for that info. I remember reading back 2 years ago, about control on the borders, that was a big sketchy, especially when taking the bus from Santiago to Mendoza. I recall ppl talked about airport tax of some kind, is that still the case ?

    Argentina has $100 Entry tax, good for 10 years. Its a direct retort to an American fee to visitors.
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    Re: aconcagua Nov 2011

    Postby Gabriel » Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:45 pm

    I checked my bags through to Mendoza so no problem in Santiago. They took a quick look into my bags in Mendoza, but nothing was confiscated. I had dehydrated food for the hike.

    I really would not take much food if I were to go again. You can purchase everything you need in Mendoza or better just buy meals in Puenta Del Inca, Confluencia and Plaza De Mulas. The dining tents serve great meals and will pack lunches for a reasonable price. You can also hike to the hotel/restaurant near Mulas for a nice meal. Many people seem to plan for an expedition on Aconcagua when it really is not with all the services available.

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    Re: aconcagua Nov 2011

    Postby jmanner » Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:16 pm

    Generally, what it is the realistic cost (flight included) of attempting Aconcagua? Be nice to have a round figure to save for, hoping to do it in another season or so [-o<.
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    Re: aconcagua Nov 2011

    Postby nmontelli » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:17 pm

    If you have all the gear, it is about 1500 for plane and hostels in Mendoza. Without gear, you could spend 3000 more for all the gear of you want to own it all. There are probably rental options for all of the big stuff like tents boots sleeping bags, etc.

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    Re: aconcagua Nov 2011

    Postby jbchalk » Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:12 am

    Excluding RT flight to Mendoza, in 2006 I spent around $800 for permit, mules, foof, fuel, transportation to/from mountain. I believe my flight was around $1400. I am sure everything has gone up and am prepared to pay more when my wife & I go back in a year.

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    Re: aconcagua Nov 2011

    Postby polishruben » Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:14 pm

    there are ways to get this trip for really cheap ( like free RT flight to Mendoza from US - pm me if you want to know details. ). Then it is just the gear, transport and the permits. Since most of ppl wanting to hike / climb Acon, should have most of their gear already, the most expensive part of the trip would be the permit and transportation. Overall I think it will be my cheapest 7summiter. I hope to get by with ~$700 for everything.

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    Re: aconcagua Nov 2011

    Postby polishruben » Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:34 pm

    just wanted to report that I got back safely from Aconcagua. I summit on the 24th.
    If you have questions about the peak, mules, city, hostels or such, just drop me a question, I've got all the freshest info and prices from this season!:)

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