Club Andino Bariloche (CAB) is happy to announce the recent completion of the construction of their newest backcountry hut, Refugio Agostino Rocca. The grand opening will be held this weekend, starting on April 28, but the facility will remain closed to regular visitors until next summer. This new high mountain refuge is located on Paso de Las Nubes, between Puerto Frías and Pampa Linda near Bariloche, and features a capacity of 80 people, divided into 8 rooms of 10, a spacious living room, family room, kitchen, bathrooms, infirmary, radio room, warehouse and office for staff, all distributed over two floors with a total area of over 300 square meters (3,229 square feet).
This new fully-equipped refugio was constructed with the help of the Fundación Hermanos Agustín y Enrique Rocca, in memory of the late Agostino Rocca, mountaineer and president of the Techint firm, who passed away in a tragic plane crash along with climber Jose Luis Fonrouge, journalist Germán Sopeña, and several others on April 28, 2001. The date of the grand opening of Refugio Agostino Rocca marks the 11th anniversary of their accident. CAB representatives expressed their great pride in the completion of this project, stating that it “represents a milestone in regards to services for visitors to the mountains and to environmental care.”
We are excited to visit Refugio Agostino Rocca next summer, and we are working on plans to incorporate it into our tours. For more information about the grand opening festivities, please visit the Club Andino Bariloche website (clubandino.org).