Aconcagua, Argentina, South America, 6962

Categories: Mountains

Aconcagua…the Sentinel of Stone. On its inhuman slopes, where the ice and the wind are sovereign, often the extremities touch each other; the beginning and the end of a road, success and failure, life and death. High-altitude mountaineering is a game. A game of fantasy and power where technique , physical capacity, experience, ethics, power and determination converge. As human beings, we never reach the end of our growth , but mountaineering bring us closer. The Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the two Americas. This is one of the reasons why it is work famous. But it’s fame is mainly due to the great alpine attractions it offers. According to some international climbing experts with experience in the Himalayas, the almost 7000 meters (22850 feet) of the Aconcagua represent, psychologically and physiologically, several hundred meters more. Although some of the reasons for this remain unknown , there are know aspect of this mountain which make it seem like much more. In the Himalayas there is vegetation until 5000 m ( 16500 ft).

In the central Andes mountains there is only vegetation until 3500 m (11500 ft). Also, the relative humidity of the air is very low, and the thickness of the atmospheric layers in this area of the world have peculiarities that cause these effects. The Aconcagua is an appropriate place for the climber to prepare and test himself before going on to try eight thousand meters mountains. The East Ridge, The Polish Glacier, The Southwest Ridge, The West Face- all present the proper wide range of conditions for a visitor to display this capacity at many climbing levels. The Normal Route is in the Northwest Face of the mountain. Without technical difficulties, it allows either recreational and/or high altitude climbing. Still, it is suggested that the climber go on this route only with a mountain guide and excellent equipment. About the south wall, it’s desolated and severe environment, bad quality of the rock, permanent threat of seracs detachment, snow and rock avalanches, altitude, verticality, sudden changes of the weather, isolation, are all elements that give this face the characteristic of savage. From the technical point of view, the south wall present all kind of difficulties on ice, snow and rock. He who decides to climb it must have an excellent technique, strong physical shape, experience and very important , a lot of enthusiasm and perseverance.

On this huge mountain it’s possible to do first class climbing as well as living unforgettable adventures. The «Sentinel of Stone» , ancestral pyramid for the Incas, still now hides Mysteries. Its magnificent silhouette still excites the dreams of unnumbered alpinist.


Author: Sissel Smaller