Las Lenas, ARG Sept. 1-7, 2009

Admin

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Patrick":16by98fm said:
Don't have the heart to write something about my trip. Worst trip EVER!!! Lost everything....I'm pretty sick of it right now.

:shock:
 

Patrick

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Admin":nxzva42f said:
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.
 

Patrick

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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.
 

jamesdeluxe

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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.
 

Tony Crocker

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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.
 

skibum4ever

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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:
 

Patrick

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skibum4ever":5bko5gj1 said:
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":5bko5gj1 said:
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.
 

Patrick

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jamesdeluxe":15onk33h said:
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.
 

flyover

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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.
 

Patrick

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flyover":1r51v1ni said:
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:
 

Skiace

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Patrick":l9qvpuen said:
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.
 

Patrick

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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).
 

Tony Crocker

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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.
 

Admin

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Patrick":v11iknaf said:
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

:rotfl:
 

rfarren

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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.
 

Skiace

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rfarren":hrplrcp3 said:
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.
 

Tony Crocker

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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.
 

rfarren

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Tony Crocker":dl6th5h5 said:
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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