The Tour of the Con­dors

Gripped - - NATIVE STONES - Story by Will Stan­hope Pho­tos by Matthew Van Biene gau­chos

When I was 21, Paul McSor­ley told me about Rio Tur­bio. McSor­ley, a Patag­o­nian vet­eran with a half-dozen tr ips un­der his belt, had seen a photo of the val ley in the old Frey Hut out­side Bar­iloche, Ar­gentina. “Where’s that? ” he asked the lo­cals at the hut. No­to­ri­ously tight-lipped to out­siders, the Ar­gen­tines re­fused to tel l McSor­ley. But, blessed with a char is­matic, gre­gar ious na­ture, f lu­ent Span­ish, and per­haps a bot­tle of licor ice-f lavoured booze cal led Fer­net, he even­tual ly pr ied it out of them. The myth­ica l Tur­bio Va l ley was f i r st ex­plored in ear nest by Switzer­land ’s Pe­dro Lutti and in­volved wine-guz­zling (Ar­gen­tine cow­boys), end­less bush­whack­ing

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