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The mountain unites us

The quarantine affected everyone, but most of those in remote areas. The Mendoza Andean Club helps people in high mountains.

Solidarity fingerprint
La montaña nos une

The quarantine we are subjected to by the pandemic affects us all economically. But the worst are the most vulnerable areas. Among them, in Mendoza, are the high mountain villages. Confined among a handful of humble houses that make up them, such as the town of Las Cuevas, its inhabitants eagerly await the easing of measures or the help of others.aacute; s. And, in order to fulfill this last part, the Andean Club Mendoza joined goals with the Municipality of Las Heras and launched a solidarity campaign.

Under the motto “La Montaña unites us”, the Andean Club of Mendoza set out to give a hand to the inhabitants of the mountain. A gesture that could well be interpreted as a kind of return for so many activities that the members of the Club carry out in “their lands”. They receive non-perishable food, clothing, school supplies and toys, among others.

To encourage solidarity, it is important to remember that, with emblematic footprints such as the Sanmartinian and the Inca Trail, for lovers of mountain nature in this region of the country, Mendoza and especially the landscapes of Las Heras are experiences that we must all live , whether professional or amateur.

One of the promoters of this idea was Patricia Garis, vice president of CAM. She stressed that Uspallata is a unique valley in the country and is the base of operations for this solidarity campaign.He says that, in short, it is about giving back to mountain people a little of what they have always received from their geography and camaraderie . It's a gesture from mountaineers to mountaineers.

A club with a history of solidarity

Club Andinista Mendoza is a non-profit organization with 85 years of life, and one of the most important clubs in the field in South America. With only a few months of existence, in 1935, the CAM organized a collection to raise funds and recover one of the sheds of the estancia El Salto to use it to a shelter.Solidarity activities are part of the spirit of the club . And, through this campaign, they seek to add people who can collaborate with non-perishable food, clothes and shoes, books, school supplies and toys to deliver to snacks, libraries and schools in that area of the mountain of Lasherina.

The club currently has more than 300 members and has a headquarters located in Calle Fray Luis Beltrán 357, in Guaymallén.This place has a library, classrooms for courses and a 12-metre gym, one of the largest in the country, where indoor climbing is practiced . Mountain outings participate more than a thousand people annually. The club is open to those who want to do recreational weekend trips as well as people who come to train at the CAM mountain school.

World mountaineering referents such as Nicolás Plantamura, Horacio Cunietti, Francisco Ibañez, María Canals, or the discovery of the “Mummy of Aconcagua”, are part of the history of the Andean Club of Mendoza (CAM).

To collaborate

It can also be donated with money (by depositing to the current account 580491-091 of Banco Supervielle, CBU 0270094610005804910017/Club Andinista de Mendoza). Those interested in taking part in the campaign can also call 2613055299 or 2612084623 (Club Andinista de Mendoza) or write toclubandinistamza@gmail.com.

Publication Date: 22/07/2020

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