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 Post subject: Refugio Frey, Argentina
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:11 pm 
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Refugio Frey, Bariloche Argentina

August 2009

Photos by: Chris Coulter, Skylar Holgate, David Reichel, Garrett Russell.

On a day off from work, five of us headed out to the Frey Hut which sits a couple of miles behind the Cerro Catedral resort.

We rode the couch to the top of the Nubes lift, rode this short run a bit, and then began hiking.
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Bootpack traverse out, the warning sign is just visible of the ridge behind. The hike out is not too bad, but it is steep in several areas.
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The crew: Garrett Russell, kick ass skier out of Telluride http://blog.garrett-russell.com Chris Coulter super skilled proshred and good dude. Chris is currently riding a home split Solid splitboard, http://www.ccoultershred.com Jerry Marks, a strong rider also out of Telluride. Skylar Holgate, Head Guide South American Snow Sessions http://www.sasnowsessions.com ,Skylar is featured in the current Snowboarder doing some impressive stuff at his hut http://www.treasuremountainhut.com
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Tronador, a large glaciated peak that dominates the view.
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A long way down.
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After maybe two or three hours of hiking we reached the first drop point which was a roughly thousand foot long couloir. The line from above.
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Chris about to drop.
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Garrett styling a turn.
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The crew after the first couloir. We took out sleeping bags and other unnecessary items too lighten our packs and started climbing a second line.
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Booting up the last section of the second climb.
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Nearing the top.
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Jerry dropping in on our second line. The top was a fairly broad area with plenty of wind loaded snow, sitting above a narrower choke below. We tread gingerly on top.
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Garrett lower in the line.
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Alan, one of the hutkeepers. He was rocking an ultralight setup and he pretty much lapped part of our group on the climb.
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We transitioned and travelled the short distance across frozen Lago Toncek to the Refugio Frey.
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This place absolutely rocks. It's one my favorite places on the planet.
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You can use the kitchen facilities and cook your own food or you can be soft and have Alan and Hernan cook for you. We enjoyed the yummy food and vino.
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Upstairs the hut has dormitory sleeping for about 25 people. Luckily Coulter didn't snore too bad.
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The wind had howled all night long and by morning it was still going although we hoped it had decreased a little.
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We hiked up the ridge directly above the hut and headed for the Zebra Chute.
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Garrett about to drop.
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Garrett dropping. This chute is more north facing, and thus getting sun baked here in the southern hemisphere.
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Jerry nearing the end of the first pitch. The willows are starting to poke out of the snow.
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The Zebra is the left line.
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After some minor willow battles we transitioned and began climbing up the valley back toward Cerro Catedral.
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And up.
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When we reached the ridge, the wind was blowing hard enough to knock at least one of us off his feet. Transitioning we were worried about full backpacks being blown away. The hike back to the resort was only about fifteen minutes, of course the mountain was mostly closed so we rode down the empty runs all by ourselves.
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Thanks to everyone for coming along on this trip. It was the highlight of my time in Argentina.


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 Post subject: Re: Refugio Frey, Argentina
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:50 pm 
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Um, uh, only 21 views in the last 5 hours? WTF?

I'll just go ahead and say it, THAT WAS F**CKING RAD!!!!! :thatrocks:

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 Post subject: Re: Refugio Frey, Argentina
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:06 pm 
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Damn, I had no idea you were headed down there. Maybe that's why you didn't return my text invite to go hiking. :)

Looks rad man, I'm jealous, thanks for sharing. :headbang:


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 Post subject: Re: Refugio Frey, Argentina
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:drool: Righteous stuff :doobie:

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 Post subject: Re: Refugio Frey, Argentina
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I agree that is very F-in RAD! I'm jealous, there is powder snow and it's winter and everything down there. So cool. Also happy birthday! (very belated from back in July)

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 Post subject: Re: Refugio Frey, Argentina
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:drool: :drool:

:cry: Maybe next year.

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 Post subject: Re: Refugio Frey, Argentina
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Holy shit!


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 Post subject: Re: Refugio Frey, Argentina
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:12 am 
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nice trip.

I'ma gonna show the wife this TR so I can convince her to do some hut skiing on a s.a. trip


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 Post subject: Re: Refugio Frey, Argentina
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:34 am 
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Awesome dave!

dishwasher-dave wrote:
On a day off from work, five of us headed out to the Frey Hut which sits a couple of miles behind the Cerro Catedral resort.


Day off from work? Care to share what the gig is you have going there?


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 Post subject: Re: Refugio Frey, Argentina
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Awesome work right there.

I've ridden and hung out with Skyler a few times in Silverton, he's actually the guy who talked me into getting my first splitter. Tell him Clayton from Durango said hi and that I'm jealous as hell.


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 Post subject: Re: Refugio Frey, Argentina
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:15 pm 
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Wassup Dave,

Skylar, Garrett, and Chris were all working for South America Snow Sessions, which is this pretty ridiculous freeriding camp down there. Skylar is the Head Guide, Garrett and Chris are coaches. I was actually just carrying my split through the old hotel where we were all staying the night before the trip when Garret saw it and next thing we knew there was a good crew heading out. I went out to the Refugio Frey 2 other times by myself and it was fun, but it's usually better to share stuff like this with good peeps.

I was there teaching some Avi and Mteering courses for Sierra Nevada College.
www.sierranevada.edu/news/detail/?id=471

Reno, If you need any beta to help selling the wife on a trip I would be happy to help out. There is incredible hut touring potential in that area.


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 Post subject: Re: Refugio Frey, Argentina
PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:35 pm 
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sweet SA pics. it looks all snowy and everything. so whats that like?


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 Post subject: Re: Refugio Frey, Argentina
PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:11 pm 
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"It's one my favorite places on the planet."

I wholeheartedly agree. :D My wife and I spent 4 days of our honeymoon tracking up the playground that is the Frey Hut. We were the only ones skiing after a nice storm had rolled through. The photos of the lines bring back great memories. Awesome stuff.

One thing we both know, is some day we will return.


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