Conquering The Seven Summits
- Highest mountain in South America
- Highest mountain in western hemisphere
- Has seen more than 100 deaths since records began
- Located on Chilean-Argentinian border
- First summited in 1897 by Mathias Zurbriggen
- 2nd most prominent mountain in the world (6959m prominence)
Distance (base camp to summit): 7.5 miles.
Season: Late November to late February.
Estimated time to complete (days): 20 days on average.
Temperatures: 10f to -25F.
Summit GPS Waypoints: S 32.39’ 02.2”, W 70.01’ 03.3”.
Required Gear: Down suit or down trousers and parka, 12-point crampons, oxygen tanks and mask (optional), ice axes(s), high-altitude gloves, down sleeping bag (rated to at least -20F), harness, belay device, ascender, ice screws, slings, carabiners, prusik cord, tent, rope.
Average Cost: $4,700
Difficulty: A non-technical climb by the standard route. The greatest difficulties are presented by the weather and the altitude.