Patagonia trip -maps,GPS, hints?

6:52 p.m. on August 7, 2010 (EDT)
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1. Going to Patagonia in Feb. Having a devil of a time finding topo maps. The Instituto Geographico Nacional/Militar in Buenos Aires doesn't know it isn't 1950 - they only do walk-ins! Huh?

2. It is looking like making my own GPS overlays from sat pics might be my best route but I'm a n00b at that, as in I don't even own one yet! Yeah, yeah, have a good laugh! Any ideas?

3. We're planning on doing the Sierra de Valdivieso circuit so any hints on that would also be appreciated as would off-the-beaten-path hikes in the Fitzroy area.

4. Any recommendations on other hikes around Ushuai or Paine that aren't in the Lonely Planet book would be welcome - I'm not much for crowds.

5. Any recommendations for B&B's or hospedajes in Ushuaia, El Calafate, or El Chalten would also be welcome!

Muchas Gracias!

7:09 a.m. on August 8, 2010 (EDT)
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I can't recall how we came upon our Fitzroy area maps, it may have been via National Geographic. Sometimes the American Alpine Club can help point you to a resource.

While you may not be much for crowds, I hope you REALLY like wind and foul weather. Not even the Polish climbers care much for this area, given its persistently bad weather. We weren't able to do any climbing, over a three week outings. Cannot recommend any B&Bs, its been 20 years since our trip there. Good luck!

Ed

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