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David Arnison

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Expedition Food (Anconcagua)
« on: May 23 2004, 03:05 »

I'm planning a small (2 man)  expedition to Anconcagua for January 2005.
It's going to be an extended stay on the mountain (30 days) and was wondering what would be best course of action regarding food and water for duration of the expedition.

Should we pack 30 days of freeze dried expedition food, or are there camps/tents where we can buy what we need? We want to keep the amount of food we pack down to a minimum.

Can anyone advise me what my options are?
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Re: Expedition Food (Anconcagua)
« Reply #1 on: May 23 2004, 13:03 »

Hey David,

if you go in high season you can buy food in most approach camps (although quantities can be limited), but in the basecamps for sure.
You can even buy food to take up higher if you have enough money.
But if you have money to buy food, I wonder why you do not just get on an organized expedition to Aconcagua, in the end this will be cheaper as you do not pay the end price for all the food. (Think $20-30 for dinner, 40-75 for full board) as it is included.
Even a private expedition might be interesting, that way you do not have to worry about other teammmebers being slower or quicker and you can determine your own dates for not much extra money.
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Re: Expedition Food (Anconcagua)
« Reply #2 on: May 28 2004, 00:52 »

cheers bud, excellent advice! on another point, would it be best to organize mules at puente del inca before we make the trip, or is that not possible...

Cheers
David
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Re: Expedition Food (Anconcagua)
« Reply #3 on: May 28 2004, 08:31 »

There are so many options for the trip, but buying food down in Mendoza works and is very cheap. You can even bring half of your food from home, though you might get caught in customs (the supermarkets don't cater too well to climbers, and things like freze dried expedition food were hard to come by for us). We spent $100 on food for two people and probably had enough food left for another two people. Jumbo Supermercado is very big and has a lot of what you might need, and a little hunting through the local climbing shops and markets can usually get everything you need. We brought plenty of iodine for all the water, which worked well enough, and this year, on the Horcones Valley Route, at Confluencia, there was a spring, where you could get clean water. It would probably be cheaper to go guided if you wanted to buy food at basecamp (very pricey at times, but still excellent after a hard days work). Even better to save weight, is to buy food all the way until you leave basecamp, which is expensive.
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Re: Expedition Food (Anconcagua)
« Reply #4 on: May 28 2004, 13:55 »

cheers bud, excellent advice! on another point, would it be best to organize mules at puente del inca before we make the trip, or is that not possible...

Cheers
David
Hi David,
yes, it is advisable to arrange the mules beforehand. Although there are many, in high season you might have to wait a day or more before you get in line. We can arrange these mules as well by the way, cheaper than there on the spot.

Tanner is right, Mendoza has some great supermarkets! And teh border control at Chile is very strict. But if you are trying to save weight and time, then you need to bring money instead, that's just how it works in life in general  8)
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Re: Expedition Food (Anconcagua)
« Reply #5 on: May 29 2004, 12:22 »

If you fly into Mendoza (Lan Chile offers a flight from Santiago), the customs officials didnt even bother looking in our bags. We simple said Aconcagua and they said ciao, and we were able to take quite a bit of frieze dried food on the mountain. I've heard similar stories about the easy Mendoza customs versus the strict Chilean customes. It would probably be best to have 7summits organize the mules for you. We didn't do that, and had a little difficulty reserving them in advanced (We bought their service when we arrived in Mendoza, which was very risky)
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