Aconcagua Climber's Log

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TM - Jan 6, 2004 11:33 pm

Route Climbed: Polish Traverse Date Climbed: December 4-22, 2003  Sucess!

It was a low snow year there this year. We used crampons only for the final 150 vertical feet; the windy crest had a dirt track right through the middle of it. The beginning of the season, and our trip was marked by a persistent lenticular and day after day of heavy winds, mainly from C2 up, but sometimes hammering as low as basecamp. Permit fees have gone up. Prices in Mendoza are generally lower, while mountain costs have stayed the same as in the last few years. Cheers to our Danish friends!


Robt - Nov 5, 2003 3:10 pm

Route Climbed: Route Normal Date Climbed: Jan. 02  Sucess!

Pedro Hauck

Pedro Hauck - Oct 16, 2003 5:07 pm

Route Climbed: normal Date Climbed: 01/02/02  Sucess!

Summit by normal route. 5 hour of trek to get there...


xyati - Aug 28, 2003 1:00 pm

Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: March 9th, 2000  Sucess!

My partner and I climbed the route from the trailhead at Puente Del inca in 9 days. Summit day started at 19,600 feet. Round trip took about 12 hours. The weather was great until around 2pm when "Viento Blanco" moved quickly in on us. We survived unharmed, but one French man was not so lucky.

rgmackie - Aug 9, 2003 6:28 pm Date Climbed: Jan 30, 2002

Route Climbed: Polish Direct Date Climbed: 30 January 2002

Solo climb via the Vacas Valley. Retreated twice off Polish Direct in high winds/blowing snow. Traversed from C2 to Nido de Condores and descended via Plaza de Mulas.

sgudmann - May 19, 2003 1:28 pm

Route Climbed: Normal from Plaza das mulas Date Climbed: 28 January 2002  Sucess!

Nice walk ! Very cold and windy, but made it without problems to the summit, except for cold feet and a dead guy on the way.


dabender - Mar 8, 2003 10:34 pm

Route Climbed: Polish Traverse Date Climbed: February 1, 2002  Sucess!

Spent 20 days on the mountain with Alpine Ascents. Quality outfit. Our summit window was tremendously windy and few parties made it. Great route for a strong hiker. Views really open up above 17,000 ft.


Frank - Feb 23, 2003 8:06 am

Route Climbed: Polish glacier direct Date Climbed: December 2001

Unfortunaly I got sick at 6000 meters. We had to go back to base camp. Another try in december 2003 for sure.

William, Laurie, thanks for the Daimox, however I do not hope to use it again. Cheers Frank

majere - Jan 28, 2003 12:41 pm

Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: January 11, 2003  Sucess!

Climbed from Nido to the summit with my partner Tony Munch. Thanx to the Guardaparque and everyone at Campo Base! You guys made our stay wonderful. Had a bit of snow but still a great climb. Bring your crampons for the Canaleta!


Drazil - Jan 19, 2003 9:23 pm

Route Climbed: Polish Traverse Date Climbed: 16-January-2003  Sucess!

Climbed Aconcagua with Mountain Link.

Excellent time, wonderful guides, great group of climbers.

Summit day was cold and windy (that unrelenting wind!!) but not nearly as bad as I imagined. It was clear on the summit and the views spectacular, especially that of the South Face!! Tough climb due to the altitude and the weather conditions - NOT an easy walk up.


Gernot - Jan 13, 2003 4:15 am

Route Climbed: Vascas Valley route Date Climbed: 29th December 2002  Sucess!

I was at the summit at 12:20, went down and came up again at 14:00 with Sarah and Mike. During this time we had beautiful weather at the summit, almost no wind. Much better than in the morning, strong cold storm at the traverse behind Independencia was the reason for a lot of people to turn around.

Chamonix Man

Chamonix Man - Jan 8, 2003 2:04 pm

Route Climbed: Polish Glacier Traverse Date Climbed: 5th January 2003  Sucess!

I reached the summit at 1530 on the 5th Jan in the most glorious weather - I was able to spend over an hour on the summit waiting for the other members of my group. Conditions were great for the whole trip with the only serious weather being the wind on the traverse to the Canaletta.

It was a very hard, 15hr, summit day. Make sure that you take enough warm kit - I saw a number of people have to turn back because they did not have the right gloves - what a waste after spending so much time and money!

ericdumerac - Dec 19, 2002 12:57 am

Route Climbed: South Face French Route Date Climbed: December/January 95/96  Sucess!

All the other entries were lame so I decided to sign in. We acclimatized near Santiago at Valla Citos and did a new Route on Mt. Rincogn. I highly reccomend this to anyone rather than doing it on Aconcagua. Then we ran to the South face in 5 hours. We climbed had 3 ice screws, a few pins and nuts. We expected to climb it in three days but spent 6 nights out on the face. A bit of an epic due to the constant poor conditions, we nevertheless made the summit. It was the hardest thing I had ever done, a test of survival due to full conditions.


TodoVertical - Dec 4, 2002 2:05 pm

Route Climbed: Normal Route to the West Face Date Climbed: Jan. 14th 1998  Sucess!

Well ! All I can say is that because of altitude sickness those were the worst days of my entire life. Yes, I reached the summit but I suffered too much.


richardpattison - Nov 21, 2002 6:54 am

Route Climbed: Horcones Valley Date Climbed: Tuesday 2nd January 2001  Sucess!

We were lucky to have pleasant weather on summit day, although the previous week only 2 people had summitted due to bad storms. You just have to be lucky with the weather when it's your turn for summit day.

The normal route is technically easy, but much will power is needed for the duration of the expedition. The summit day is long and hard, the entry to the Canaleta is just as bad as the real thing. Keep your head down and persevere, just keep going, that's all you can do. The goal is enough to continue, as a bonus you're likely to be the highest person in the world when on the summit. Good luck to everyone...


asmrz - Nov 15, 2002 10:45 pm

Route Climbed: Regular Route Date Climbed: March 1998  Sucess!

RJ Secor and I flew to Mendoza in late February 98. RJ came to Aconcagua to obtain additional material for his 2nd Edition Aconcagua Guide and I went with him because I just got laid off and I never climbed down there. We came to climb the seldom attempted Ibanez-Marmillod Route but the horrible weather changed our plans completely. The El Nino was raging in South America that year and Aconcagua had horrible weather. After we aborted the Ibanez-Marmillod at about 6,000m, RJ went to take GPS measurements on the South Face approach and I climbed the Regular Route. Later the Park officials told us, that over 1,500 permits were issued in 1998. I was number 78 to summit.

Ascending Path

Ascending Path - Oct 31, 2002 2:02 pm

Route Climbed: Polish Direct and Polish Traverse Date Climbed: 99,00,01,02  Sucess!

We have guided the Poilish Direct and Polish Traverse. We have stood on the summit 5 times.

Drop us a line if you have any questions!

Muff Daddy - Jul 17, 2002 9:06 am

Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: February 10 2002

Had to pull back at White Rocks due to a bad storm.

Jerry L

Jerry L - Jun 30, 2002 5:37 am

Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: January 2002

I used Mountain Madness for a guide service. There were three of us in our group plus the guide. One guy got sick at Base Camp and had to go home. We made it to Berlin Camp. The weather was horrible. It snowed every day. I tried to summit but I was too beat. I threw in the towel and descended. I just ran out of energy.


CCorbin - Apr 4, 2002 5:25 am

Route Climbed: False Polish Date Climbed: February 3 1999  Sucess!

Beautiful sunny day!

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