Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

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Patrick in Las Lenas

Postby Tony Crocker » Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:30 am

Marte is open today. \:D/ \:D/ \:D/

We want a report!
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Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby Admin » Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:48 am

Patrick wrote:Don't have the heart to write something about my trip. Worst trip EVER!!! Lost everything....I'm pretty sick of it right now.


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Re: Las Lenas, Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby Patrick » Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:57 am

Admin wrote::shock:

Blame it on Argentina...more specifically on Argentinian crime. No pics, no camera, no skis, no avy gear, no pink poles, you name it, it's gone.
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Las Lenas, ARG - Sept 1-7

Postby Patrick » Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:08 am

No heart for a write up now (see my other posts).

Skied 1, 2, 3, 4.
Sat aroung on the 5, 6 and left on the 7.

Marte open> 1, 2, 3
Caris open > no days
Vulcano open> 1, 2, 3
Minerva open> 1, 2, 3, 4*halfday, 7*halfday

Only two small pomas at the base open on 5, 6.

Apparently 3 meters of snow feel on the top.

Internet down, TV mostly down...snowed in.

Epic skiing? Maybe, best day was the 3rd. Conditions were very iffy on the lower mountain. Too cold to soften up.
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Re: Las Lenas, Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby rfarren » Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:49 am

Patrick wrote:
Admin wrote::shock:

Blame it on Argentina...more specifically on Argentinian crime. No pics, no camera, no skis, no avy gear, no pink poles, you name it, it's gone.


I'm so sorry. That's horrible!
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Re: Las Lenas, Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby jamesdeluxe » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:23 pm

Condolences, mate. That's awful. I've had individual things stolen, but never the full monty.

I'm curious to know how it happened, but don't want you to relive the experience.
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Re: Las Lenas, ARG - Sept 1-7

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:26 pm

Extremely Canadian report from Sept. 3:
Things are going well. The Marte has been open everyday this week and the guys have been getting in tons of vertical. Yesterday, they got in 8 runs on Marte. 6 the day before.
I could tell that 2 days later the weather shut everything down again. So from a pure skiing standpoint this may have been a representative week. Marte open half the time, lots of great terrain but with mostly spring conditions so you have to time altitudes and exposures. Then a storm with shutdown days. I do think the Marte big powder days are somewhat rare. I think a couple of Cenidor/Vulcano powder days like Adam had are fairly common, but you need some luck for Marte to get open after a big storm but before wind or sun mess up the powder.

Unpleasant though it might be, we would like to know the details of Patrick's trip. After all, Adam just went to Las Lenas and probably stayed in the same cheap apartments. So perhaps the same misfortune could have happened to him. Patrick also suffered a more modest theft loss on last year's trip.

Seriously, there are many on FTO who would like to ski in South America (or go back) and if there are lessons to be learned they could help someone in the future.
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Re: Las Lenas, ARG - Sept 1-7

Postby skibum4ever » Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:06 pm

Tony, I'm sure we will hear details from Patrick sometime later. I can only imagine how badly he's feeling right now.

We were so careful and yet we suffered several minor thefts. He's fortunate he had his backpack with him and at least did not lose passport etc. Also of course he did not return with any physical injuries. But I'm certain that he is feeling less than fortunate right now. :twisted:
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Re: Las Lenas, ARG - Sept 1-7

Postby Patrick » Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:21 pm

skibum4ever wrote:He's fortunate he had his backpack with him and at least did not lose passport etc.


No, backpack (day pack and huge pack + boot bag, new ski bag which included 25 rolls, camera, wide angle lense, B3s with new AT bidding, skins, avy gear, a new pair of B2s, two skis jackets and all the other ski stuff, new hiking boots + all regular clothes...done.

Only stuff that I still have is what was directly on me, that's it.

Tony Crocker wrote:After all, Adam just went to Las Lenas and probably stayed in the same cheap apartments.


Totally unrelated...the theft happened from the bus terminal to downtown by the taxi driver. He drove off with my stuff. Police report file, mug shots looked at...

I'm sick of it.
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Re: Las Lenas, Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby Patrick » Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:50 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote:I'm curious to know how it happened, but don't want you to relive the experience.


The ugly details are here plus for the exact circumstances of the type of crime...see link inside one of my posts.

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/show ... p?t=167614

I'm so pissed right now...don't feel like going outside and going anything else. I just came back from the Police station mug shot place.

I beat the guy is still in a cab, waiting for another tourist sucker.
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Re: Las Lenas, Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby flyover » Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:24 pm

That just sucks.

One of my other interests is whitewater kayaking (creeking). I have never paddled in SA, but I know a lot of paddlers who have spent significant time paddling in Chile. Most have reported some problems with theft/attempted theft. One group lost an entire load of expensive paddling gear when their rented van was broken into. They made the usual police reports, etc. and were sure they would never see their stuff again. Then they went shopping for some new gear and found the majority of THEIR OWN gear for sale used in a couple of the local paddling shops. My understanding is that it was a major hassle to get their gear back, but with the not-so-enthusiastic assistance of the local cops they were ultimately able to recover all of the stuff they found for sale in the shops.

I hope you find your belongings.
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Re: Las Lenas, Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby Patrick » Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:46 pm

flyover wrote:I hope you find your belongings.

It will take a miracle. I'm flying home tomorrow.

It's going to be terrible rebuying all the stuff, but the worst is my pics, camera and beloved pink poles.

No wisecrank about a digital camera or I'll punch that person. :twisted:
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Re: Las Lenas, Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby Skiace » Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:43 pm

Patrick wrote:beloved pink poles.
I have some black and neon pink poles you could rebuild the collection with. They aren't solid pink, but the grips, baskets, and part of the shaft are.
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Re: Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby Patrick » Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:48 pm

Could have been worst, someone staying next door died of a heart attack while touring. A guide in his late twenties. It might have happened after you left.

As for the pink poles, they probably have more ski days and travelled to more ski areas that your dad's famous one-piece suit (okay, maybe not more ski areas).
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Re: Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:57 pm

famous one-piece suit

It's been on a lot of ski trips, but often remains in the suitcase. That suit doesn't see much use in Utah, due to the weather I usually experience there. :lol: I didn't even bring it last year.
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