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From Peak to Steppe

The commanding peak of the Cerro Catedral presides over Nahuel Huapi National Park, in Bariloche, Argentina.
Intrepid gaucho, Elio, waits for us on horseback.
Elio guides us along the mountain trails.
Elio, one of our gaucho guides, leads us up the snowy mountains of La Esperanza.
Gaucho Sebastián cares for his horse at the end of the ride.
Tom Wesley founded the Cabalgatas ranch in 1980 to train young riders and share the stunning Patagonian landscape with visitors.
Sebastián keeps a watchful eye.
Tomas Mallmann, son of mountaineer Carlos, drives us across the snowy steppe.
Legendary chef Francis Mallmann and our founder, Peter Buchanan-Smith, work the grill outside of Tom Wesley’s house.
Grilling beneath the winter sky.
Dinner prep begins with mise en place and a pile of mushrooms.
Signs of delicious things to come: chimichurri and grilled Brussels sprouts.
Whole chickens, cabbages, and pineapple wait their turn on the grill.
Francis’ right-hand man, Martin, keeps a watchful eye on the grill as the light starts to fade.
Francis mans the grill beneath the wide, Patagonian sky.
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December 2018

Photography by Jason Frank Rothenberg

Nahuel Huapi National Park, in Bariloche, Argentina, is dominated by the commanding peak of the Cerro Catedral —
guided by intrepid gauchos, we crossed the foothills on horseback. Across the plains is the home of Tom Wesley, who
has been training riders and leading explorations in the region for nearly 40 years. As night fell, sitting beneath the wide
Argentinean sky on the snowy steppe, life was reduced to its essentials: hot food and good company.