arrived El Bolsón, Argentina

Staying at La Casona de Odile Hostel, one of the best in the nation.

El Bolsón is where people flee when tired of crowded Bariloche. In fact, Bolsón is a miniature version with a Hippie vibe. I like it much better.

I arrived on one of their colourful market days.

I can walk from my hostel to some of the best hiking.

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Santiago to Mendoza through the Andes

Rather than fly I opted for the scenic 8 hour bus ride . Booking through BusBud.com I was able to reserve one of the top front seats.

Bus service in Chile and Argentina is fantastic.

my picture window

Unfortunately I fell asleep during some sections of the journey.

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From Mendoza I did the second half two more times as my local bus to Aconcagua took the same highway. Well worth doing if you get the chance.

Aconcagua trek a success

By luck I had cloudless skies and the French Base Camp (4200m) to myself.

Aconcagua has a notoriously unfriendly micro climate.

On my return to Mendoza I met a guy from South Africa who was forced off the other side of the mountain at 6600m by weather. The climbers had been slogging through a metre of snow and it finally got too dangerous to continue.

To celebrate I had a big chunk of Argentinian barbecue beef. And fresh baguette.

I’ll coddiwomple to Patagonia

Goodbye winter. Average temperature in Mendoza, Argentina in January is 26°C (79°F).

Did I hear something about Malbec

I fly to Santiago today. Looking for the best hiking and cycling I can find.

Coddiwomple (v.): to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination

NEW – The Adventure Podcast

Dave Adlard and Kraig Becker have launched an audiocast called The Adventure Podcast.

For years Kraig has been my main source of news on outdoor adventure on his site called The Adventure Blog.

He and Dave are co-hosting an extension of that site with a weekly online radio show.

Both are gear nuts. From episode 1 they’ve already convinced me I NEED two products:

The new Omni smart helmet. Indegogo.

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And a Dji spark drone.

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Check out the podcast here.

Chile January 2018

If all goes well I’ll be headed for Patagonia via Chile in January. I was last there February 2015.

Goal will be hiking, cycling and kayaking during the South American summer.

Lonely Planet named Chile their #1 travel destination for 2018.

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Chile is far from perfect. Here are all the things I don’t like about the nation.

I may be spending more time on the Argentinian side this time.