Trip Report: Refugio Frey, Argentina
A trad climbing heaven, Refugio Frey is a self-contained Disneyland where the only ticket for admission is a 4+ hour hike and stoke to climb. Whether spending a week or a month there, the Frey is a rare gem in the world of backcountry alpine climbing: even while easily accessible from town, the only thing stopping you from climbing there for months on end is the tedium of the hike to town so you can replenish your food supplies. Situated in northern Patagonia in the high alpine of Bariloche, the dusty orange and pink granite spires called to me as soon as I Googled “Refugio Frey.”
Yes: Another Patagonia Climbing Trip Report
Do you think #tradisrad? What about traveling in South America? And has the idea of bumming around as a dirtbag on the entirety of the South American content for a year really fu**ing appeal to you?
Then you might want to read this: a trip report from Phase 2 of my gap year in South America. This phase, what I lovingly call the “rock climbing phase,” a.k.a. when I inadvertently became a real dirtbag, was where all the real fun began.
Give It Up for the Ladies
This is just the teaser to this trip report…..you’ll have to read the rest of it over at Crux Crush where it was originally posted. While you’re there, give the girls a holler: their trip reports—filled with details like how to get there, what rack to bring, where to stay, and what to do on your climbing rest days—span the globe, and they’re a bunch of pretty badass ladies too.
A Few Photos to Get You Frothing
Save the Refugio Frey! High in the alpine of Bariloche, Argentina, sits a small stone hut with craft beer, and pizzas a-plenty–and outside, multi-pitch climbs on pink granite that also make tight couloirs come winter. The climbing and outdoors community in Bariloche is rallying for sustainable development of this otherworldly treasure, and they need your help. Link in profile…vote! (And please repost!) 📷@loreahwinlowphotography #bethechange #sustainability @accessfund @sierraquitiquit @backchillan @backcountryaccess @antigravityeq @dirtbagclimbers #rockclimbing #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #weclimbhigh #optoutside #liveyouradventure #theoutbound #adventuretravel #adventuretime #radgirlslife #outdoorwomen #alpinebabes #freeride #freeski #splitboard #meetthemoment #findingwinter #outdoorsisters
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain Here’s to the dirtbag life! One year ago in Argentina, I began a journey that still hasn’t fully ended, and it all started in a tent at Refugio Frey. (hint…short story in profile with A TON more 📷) #daretobedifferent #thisworldexists #rei1440project #theoutbound #meetthemoment #liveyouradventure #wanderlust #neverstopexploring #notlostjustdiscovering #travelgram #argentina #gneisslife #alpinebabes #girlswhoclimb #tradisrad #dirtbabies #dirtbarbieadventures #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #climbeverything #tradisrad #dirtbagclimbers #defygravity @antigravityeq @heyflashfoxy @smithoptics @outdoorresearch