Southern Andes Mountains
“It’s not the altitude, it’s the attitude.” Scott Fischer
Why This Mountain?
Aconcagua has intrigued me for several years. The reason I chose this mountain is because it offers an opportunity to climb a non-technical route on a mountain to extremely high altitude, maxing out at 22,838’, if I can reach the summit. The route I am taking is not a technical route however the difficulty of this mountain can be very high due to the extreme cold and decrease in pressure which affects oxygen intake. The itinerary for this climb is 24 days, including two travel days to get to and from Argentina. This will be the highest mountain I have attempted to climb to date.
Mountain & Route Facts
Aconcagua (Spanish pronunciation: [akoŋˈkaɣwa]) is the highest mountain outside of Asia, at 6,961 metres (22,838 ft), and by extension the highest point in both the Western Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. It is located in the Andes mountain range, in the Mendoza Province, Argentina, and lies 112 kilometres (70 mi) northwest of its capital, the city of Mendoza. The summit is also located about 5 kilometers from San Juan Province and 15 kilometers from the international border with Chile. The mountain itself lies entirely within Argentina and immediately east of Argentina’s border with Chile. Its nearest higher neighbor is Tirich Mirin the Hindu Kush, 16,520 kilometres (10,270 mi) away. It is one of the Seven Summits.