Oh my God, the whole vehicle thing is driving me a little nuts. I will be getting one soon but somehow it is taking longer than I expected. I had hopes to have one last week, then today and now I will wait till Friday. It will be a decent Galloper, 4+4 older but reliable and a little cheaper than rental agencies. Which charge around 2000$US per month, not affordable for me. Especially for 4 months. I had thoughts of buying; but to buy something decent would be around 10 000$ and then being able to sell it at the end would not be easy. So rental from a friend of a friend seems to be the best option; ask me in four months and I will really know then.
I have been touring strictly off Termas de Chillan, a resort that is based at 5000ft and goes to 8000 from there the Volcanoes and hot springs are accessible.
Since I have not had a car Stuart, the owner of Cabanas Los Andes, has come up with me for some fitness and then left me to my own madness. The cabins he owns are great, rent-able by the day or the week. Price varies depending on time of season and length of stay. Somewhere from 70$ per day to 200$. Stuart is British, which made reservations easier, and he enjoys morning ski tours.
The most frustrating is that each day I devote to getting the vehicle becomes a lost day and means I am further behind than I wished. C’est la Vie but the time will come when I will pound skin track till I get back after it.
You know I felt a little funny putting that “DONATE” button on my site, but it has actually been hit a few times. Thanks to Jerimy Arnold, Wade Galloway and Mark Morrison. Apart from being really grateful I will thank everyone who donates on this blog and in the final movie, which I will make into a Dvd and put in film festivals.
A cool article on yours truly live on ESPN.com
I will finally have a car and it should be easier to keep after my goal. I am assuming I will be around 50 000 feet behind at half time, which could (theoretically) be caught up in 24 hours…
Another solo day out climbing and skiing off Volcanoes. I used to say that you were not crazy until you had full on conversations with yourself, out loud. Today I realized that I question in my head and answer out loud. I think I better find some partners soon. Loco gringo.
I am really enjoying the different style mountains here. Usually a north facing skier, I must now become a south facing skier, since it is all reversed. My go to aspect back home is NE, usually protected from most wind events it is the one where you find the best snow. Here it seems to be SE where I have found the best turns.
Also the heat vents from the volcanoes are posing a new threat to touring and a new challenge to setting the perfect skin track. If you are not careful its easy to be touring along and fall through the snow, so far the falls have been small. If I am not careful I could easily fall into a larger hole. They are neat though, they keep catching me off guard, ” hey look smoke, maybe there is a cabin there with a fire and people” nope just another heat vent.
The summit today had a ice axe marker with the best rhyme I have ever seen. The crazy moisture the other day couple with high winds created the largest rhyme I have ever seen. So big in fact that I had to climb on top to ensure that I was on the “true” summit.
Another 10000 foot day to work my way back up. Half way through the year on July 2. I won’t be at a million but I won’t be out of the game either. Working hard to ensure that, probable be back on par mid july. I would hope.