Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

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

Postby Admin » Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:23 pm

Patrick wrote: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


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

Postby rfarren » Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:03 pm

Perhaps it's safer to rent a car. But man that is crazy. Who would ever expect a cabby to run off with your stuff.
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Re: Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby Skiace » Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:22 pm

rfarren wrote:Perhaps it's safer to rent a car. But man that is crazy. Who would ever expect a cabby to run off with your stuff.
Perhaps, but unfortunately this is pretty impractical for most trips when the only transportation you need is airport->bus station or int'l airport->domestic airport.
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Re: Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:55 am

Perhaps, but unfortunately this is pretty impractical for most trips when the only transportation you need is airport->bus station or int'l airport->domestic airport.

Very true. On the guided tours airport transfers are generally included. Looks like an attractive option in Buenos Aires. Another suggestion might be to avoid traveling solo at that stage of the trip. Lots of skiers on that overnight bus from Las Lenas. If at least 2 of them share a cab, the Patrick-type scam is not so easy to pull off if one remains in the cab with the gear. Less temptation to try the "bad currency" or other scams either with an extra set of eyes watching.

No Monday-morning quarterbacking here. I would no doubt have done the same as Patrick in his situation. Now that we know, just throwing some ideas out there for future reference.
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Re: Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby rfarren » Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:04 am

Tony Crocker wrote:
No Monday-morning quarterbacking here. I would no doubt have done the same as Patrick in his situation. Now that we know, just throwing some ideas out there for future reference.


Absolutely, we should all learn from this if we can.
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Re: Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby Patrick » Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:55 am

Skiace wrote:
rfarren wrote:Perhaps it's safer to rent a car. But man that is crazy. Who would ever expect a cabby to run off with your stuff.
Perhaps, but unfortunately this is pretty impractical for most trips when the only transportation you need is airport->bus station or int'l airport->domestic airport.


Skiace is correct. Plus if you read one of the post above, a car can easily be broken into.

I'm kicking myself this morning...many red flags. ](*,) however I didn't know to get away from that situation. As you can see from one of the link I posted on TGR, some taxi drivers will try to get you after some fatigue.
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Re: Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby jamesdeluxe » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:12 am

It's from Peru, not Argentina, but maybe you can have one of these before you leave:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/09/dinin ... ?_r=1&8dpc

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

Postby EMSC » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:50 am

Aye Ca rumba!

Not a lot to add as I've never been to SA. But that really sucks.

Hard to figure out what your unique signature will be for meeting up with folks (especially new folks) in the base area without those pink poles.
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Re: Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:27 am

Hard to figure out what your unique signature will be for meeting up with folks (especially new folks) in the base area without those pink poles.

Hasn't someone on FTO made a comparison of Patrick's fairly unique appearance with someone from ZZ Top??? :lol:
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Re: Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby Harvey44 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:44 pm

Patrick -

To be forced to face the worst in humanity while pursuing your dreams...it is just so sad. I can't express it.

If you can imagine some way that we can help...please tell.
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Re: Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby skibum4ever » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:26 pm

Patrick, trust you made it home OK.

I've been reading a bit about BA. Travelers we met while in Chile and Peru extolled the good things about it, but I think we will go through Mendoza if we ever make it back to SA. There's a poll of one of the web sites which indicates that just under 50% of travelers have experienced some sort of crime in BA.

Hope your insurance pays for most of your new stuff. I'll keep my eye out for pink poles!!! :troll:
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Re: Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

Postby soulskier » Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:52 am

As a 4.5 year full time resident of Argentina, I am very sad to hear about what happened to Patrick. It was a case of bad luck.

With the exception of leaving my laptop in my truck at a trailhead (that was dumb), my wife and I have never had any crime against us. Generally speaking, Argentines are warm, loving and honest folks. Of course there are a few that are scammers, such as the Boludo taxi driver that violated Patrick.

One tidbit about Buenos Aires taxis is to always take a "radio" taxi. If it doesn't say Radio somewhere on the cab, don't use it. The Radio Taxis pay into the system and are legit.
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