I really enjoyed meeting you and climbing with you. Thanks for everything you did for me and the group in getting 10/11 to the top. It was an incredible experience. Take care and let's keep in touch. You will always be welcomed at our home . -Joe
Here is what Damon has to say:
Dear SummitClimb, Thanks for your concern. I was up there at Nido waiting for the wind to calm down for 2 days before the Summit attempt. I have to say that your organization is really..really well organized. As it seems like everyone was connected to know each member's status. Such small details make the trip worth while. By the way... Don't ride mules for 4.5 hours. You can't imagine what that will do to your body. I'm still in bed now...recovering. Happy New Year Damon
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Renting or buying mountain equipment in Mendoza is very easy. There are several shops in town and if your sizes aren't too different than normal you shouldn't have a problem. These CANNOT be paid by credit card due to argentine foreign card restrictions. Please add up the equipment you want to rent based on the list below and bring enough US DOLLARS for this. Prices vary a lot but this is roughly what we had last season (the price is for the 18-20 day itinerary):
Trekking poles U$25
Plastic Boots* U$95
Sleeping mattress U$20
70 litre rucksack U$45
Sleeping bag U$105
Long ice axe U$40
Down jacket U$80
Goretex jacket U$55
Trekking boots U$45
Duffel bag U$30
Fleece jacket U$25
Fleece gloves U$15
Fleece pants U$25
Goretex pants U$45
* Please note that if your boot size is larger or smaller than normal we might need extra time to find your boots. Please let us know in advance
Below we have listed several inexpensive shops around the world. It may be best to telephone them directly with your questions, as they are very busy and do not always answer email enquiries in a timely manner. When you do contact them, always be sure to mention your name and the name of our company and expedition leaders to them, as we send them many customers and they often give our members substantial discounts. You may or may not choose to purchase the product from them, but it should give you a good idea of what the fair price for the equipment should be. We especially recommend Second Ascent in Seattle, as it has a very large selection of second hand, discontinued, and rental mountain climbing equipment and clothing.
One strategy our members often pursue is to visit Seattle for one of our Glacier Schools, and then during time set aside during the course, work together with our leaders to try-on, compare, and purchase and hire the equipment they need at one of the least expensive mountaineering shops in Seattle. It is rare to find such a good selection of equipment and clothing in one shop, but Seattle is known for its large glaciated peaks, and large community of mountaineers.
Peglers - UK
www.peglers.co.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 1903 883375 Pegler's have the largest selection of inexpensive clothing and equipment in the UK.
Second Ascent - Seattle
www.secondascent.com, Tel: +1 206 545 8810
Check out their new online shopping store for used and discontinued equipment, clothing, and boots.