Argentina, South America
Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas at 6,960.8 m. It is located in the Andes mountain range, in the province of Mendoza, Argentina, and lies 112 kilometres west by north of its capital, the city of Mendoza. [Wikipedia]
|30th Dec 2004
|Arrived at Puente Del Inca (2725mts).
|31st Dec 2004
|Get dropped of at rangers hut then trek to camp confluencia (3300mts) where we enjoy a bottle of champagne and celebrated the incoming of year 2005.
|01st Jan 2005
|Acclimatization trekked to plaza Francia (4000mts) and then back to confluencia.
|02nd Jan 2005
|Trek to camp Plaza de mulas (4260mts).
|03rd Jan 2005
|Relaxing at camp.
|04th Jan 2005
|Carry gear and food to leave at camp Nido de condores (5250mts), then return back to mulas.
|05th Jan 2005
|Rest day and trek around camp.
|06th Jan 2005
|Trek with all gear to camp Nido de Condors and set up camp.
|07th Jan 2005
|08th Jan 2005
|Leave camp at 0530hrs for summit. Arrive at summit around 1500hrs. Leave summit at 1610hrs on way to pick up bike at rangers hut. Rivers have now swollen a lot with snow melt. While travelling lite and down alone trails became hard to follow in the pitch black. Reached the rangers hut at 0730hrs, about 6 hrs behind time not being able to find the trail. 0900 get on bike and cycle through Argentina to Chilean border and on to the sea at Con-con arriving at 2033 hrs on Jan 9th 2005. The temp. at the summit was about -20 and while cycling in Chile 24hrs later +35.