Aconcagua, Argentina 2020

Aconcagua, Argentina 2020

Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Location Lat/Lon: 32.65076°S / 70.0058°W
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: Jan 19, 2020
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Summer

2020 has started well!

I climbed Aconcagua with Acomara Aconcagua Expeditions. At 6,961m (22,837ft), Aconcagua is the highest mountain I've climbed. It is the second-highest summit of the seven summits after only Everest and was my third of the seven summits (fourth if you include Kosciuszko in Australia – which I don't!) ⁣ ⁣ It is the highest mountain in South America, the Americas, the Western and Southern Hemispheres, and outside of Asia.⁣ ⁣ 

It has been ten years in the planning, so a huge thank you to everyone who has made my dream come true!

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It will take over $100,000 to climb the remaining four summits. I can learn the skills required, I can get fitter, and I can be stubborn enough to try, try and try again. But, it’s not about brute force, ability or fitness. I simply can’t imagine ever having the money to complete all seven.⠀⁣ ⠀⁣

I guess that’s the curse of improbable dreams: you know that you will likely never achieve them, but you cannot quell the thirst. You continue with the hope that one day you will do it, no matter how unlikely the feat.⠀⁣ ⠀⁣

But I would rather harbour improbable dreams, than nurse none at all.⠀⁣ ⠀⁣

It’s clichéd I know, but perhaps the old aphorism really is true: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”⁣

Roll on Denali! 

Had to wait until the last day for this view
Had to wait until the last day for this view
The view from base camp
The view from base camp
Base camp
Base camp
Base camp
Base camp
Acclimatisation hike to Mt Bonete (5,000m)
Acclimatisation hike to Mt Bonete (5,000m)
Camp 1
Camp 1
Camp 2
Camp 2
Camp 3
Camp 3
View from near camp 3
View from near camp 3
View from near camp 2
View from near camp 2
Before summit day
Before summit day
During summit day
During summit day
On the summit of Aconcagua
On the summit of Aconcagua
On the summit of Aconcagua
On the summit of Aconcagua


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