100% of the trail was snow covered - sunny day, no wind. left Berlin at 7:10 and reached the summit at 14:40. Great views and great experience.
Zigzaging up the middle of the glacier takes WAY to long. 14.5 hours to the summit, 5 hours down. Perfect weather, not much wind, but a bit chilly. Reached the summit with my partner, Vaughn, and 4 guys from Norway, thanks for the motivation, guys!
A long walk, nice day but fairly crowded.
Reached the top after been waiting 7 days in Nido de Condores before good weather.
Had fresh snow on the way up.
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Very good day. Tough slogging at the end due to the dry conditions at the top sections. Very strong team. Ted, Peter, Beverly, Guy, and Laurie. All at the top together.
Unbelievably high winds up top made this a fairly miserable summit day, but the days getting to the peak and up to Camp 2 were mostly nice and the views coming in were incredible! Met some great folks on the mountain - and lost all their addresses when the mule carrying my gear drowned in the Vacas river....
Summited on day 15. Excellent weather on summit day. I highly recommend this route, much cleaner and more remote than the more common routes. We never saw other people until high camp.
Started at the ranger station near Penitentes on December 7th and made the summit on December 17th. Had good luck with the weather.
Peak Freak and I had intended to take the Polish traverse route, but Plaza Argentina was not open yet due to an avalanche along the mule trail. So the Normal Route was the only viable option for us.
It took 10 hours to summit from high camp at Colera (5850 meters), and 3 hours to return to camp.
I met several new friends from SP during the trip. Corax, Nadios and their team from Sweden summited on the same day as I did. (What a great group of people!). Tom and Jim from Denver also made their summit bid on the same day. And of course, my climbing partner Peak Freak. Thanks for the comradery! Thanks also to Ken from Texas for providing us with additional fuel at high camp following his successful summit attempt and descent.
Had a great experience. Was very lucky with weather and only had one day of snow when at high camp at 19,000. Summit day was perfect with no wind, it was actually to hot for me. It is sad to see people do stupid things on a mountain.They end up getting hurt, or worse. This also puts the climbers around them who end up helping at risk.
I climbed with Aymara, a great local company. The Polish Traverse route is a beauty, not too crowded compared with the Normal route. Only 2 camps instead of 3 for the Normal, so a little bit more difficult but very enjoyable. Summit day was a 14 hours day, not too cold (-10c) but windy. Great expedition.
Summit reached with a french commercial expedition led by Patrick Behrault and Michel Cormier Jnuary 23rd 1993.
We used the wild (and less frequented) vacas route up and down, one of us making with Patrick the polish glacier.
We encountered 3 days of viento blanco before our final summit push.
Long walk up in high altitudes. At this time there was a lot of snow in the canaletta which made the last meters easier than usual. -5°C and nearly no wind on the top. Great views of south summit and south face.
One of the First Brazilians to summit during WINTER Season
Nice day for the summit. Amazing feeling, but legs were very lactic. Involved in a taxing rescue of a texan climber who came down with cerebral oedema. Park doctors tried to pass him off onto us (not very impressed with this). He was helicoptered out and went into coma we were told. Crap end to an amazing experience. Very little snow around and mid day temps ran the streams piss yellow. Nido very windy, but higher up things were relatively calmer. Heading back in September to hopefully make the first Irish winter ascent of the mountain. I'll post again with the details.
Climbed with Nathan. The 3 day approach through the Vacas valley was hot and dry. Met a french girl just below base camp carrying a humungous pack with a tea kettle strapped to it. Ran into her boy friend lounging on a rock further up the trail with a considerably smaller pack. Base camp wasn't crowded as it was early. Weather remained great and camp 1 at 16K was beach weather during the day. The carry to camp 2 at the base of the Polish glacier saw continued good weather with little or no wind. Everything changed once we moved to camp 2. Two French Canadiens played ice hockey on a frozen pond on the glaicer. After 3 days of snow we descended to BC which was now a zoo with arriving and descending climbers. Spent the next 2 weeks traveling in Argentina. Patagonia and the Lakes region are a must for anyone that enjoys the out doors. Will return.
Much snow, but wunderful. Tired and satisfied. The best trip i made. Reach the summit with 4 other climbers, a argentinian and a german guide.
THIS WAS AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE!!
Summitted with my friend Marco after being just 15 days in the Andes, on a perfect day. Had lots of snow, which made the scene even more beautifaul. The normal route is indeed a walk up, but the last 300 meters through the canaleta are quite steep: 40 degrees. Don't underestimate it, you have to wotk there!
Many pics of my expedition at: www.climbingtours.net
After a failed attempt on the normal route a few years ago this year the weather holds and we summit 11 days after we left Mendoza. Two nights at 5900m without a tent (we lost our high camp tent during a base-camp rest day - you know, it can be a bit windy on Aconcagua...) add to an alltogether exciting adventure.
this was an incredible experience.
we had 11 days of perfect weather and conditions.
it was a 12 hour climb from camp 2 to the ridge and
an hour on the ridge to the summit. quite demanding.
being well acclimitized from a few weeks and bunch
of summits in ecuador was way helpful.