Last Great Unclimbed Mountains

Resting in Chilecito

Well, it’s been ten days since my last blog post.  There’s a good reason for that – I had nothing to say!  We felt few aftershocks from the big earthquake, but otherwise things have calmed down on that front.  We have been waiting for Conway the Landrover to be fixed after having frozen him on the last mountain.  It took a long time because Landrover parts are hard to come by in South America, but it’s finally done!  Pedro wrote an article about the science labs at 5000 metres on Famatina that we discovered had been burned, which was picked up by the national news and they want to interview him for the radio!

Many of you may know that patience has never been a strong point of mine.  In fact I have none, and sitting around here for ten days has been pretty tough.  Pedro has been barbequing huge lumps of steak every day, and I have discovered that the local shops sell delicious fresh avocados and tomatoes and sweetcorn.

One day I got so fed up with sitting around (with very limited wifi) that I decided to go for a walk around the city.



I climbed up to the massive Jesus at the edge of the town:


There was a lovely view over the city.



I decided I could slip under and fence and climb to the top of the hill next to Jesus, but I had only gone a short distance when a policeman called out to be and told me to come down.  We couldn’t really communicate but I gather there was something about loose rock (my spanish isn’t much improved).  Thankfully he was friendly when he pointed to the sign I had ignored next to the fence I had slipped under….

On the way home I saw this painted on the side of a house.  Good to know Anglo-Argentinian relations are doing well: