Conquering The Seven Summits


2. Aconcagua

  • 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.
Altitude: 6959m/22,833ft.
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.

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