Aconcagua Climber's Log

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HedUp

HedUp - Mar 12, 2015 7:04 pm Date Climbed: Jan 16, 2015

Not my style...  Sucess!

Got super lucky with weather and rapid acclimation. Made it to the summit on our 11th day at a fairly leisurely pace. from the Plaza Argentina side. Came down through Plaza de Mulas...VERY glad we went up the way that we did!

Climbed the False Polish route. Wanted to come down and do the Polish Direct afterwards, but the glacier was solid ice, and we didn't have the gear to do the whole thing in those conditions...a pitch or two, sure...but not the whole thing. Screw it, we were tired anyway!

I think I'll stick to the lower peaks that are more technically challenging where you can make a summit and enjoy a beer on your tailgate at camp that same evening. Much more my style! I already know I can suffer through discomfort, and that was the biggest challenge of this mountain (on this route) for me.

Now I know! Won't do it again, but wouldn't trade it for the world!

bergbacke

bergbacke - Mar 2, 2015 7:47 am Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2015

2015 Horcones  Sucess!

Fairly pleasant trek via the Normal route. 12 days alltogether. Great weather and clear skies except at the summit. Sadly.

Cloud Ocean

Cloud Ocean - Feb 20, 2015 11:32 pm Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2015

Solo, Horcones Valley Normal Route  Sucess!

Left my tent from Nido de Condores at 3 a.m. and reached the summit at 11:30 a.m., my 11th day on the mountain. 14 days total on the mountain including the laid back descent. Climbed solo and unsupported, but used mules to basecamp. Low winds on summit day, the day right after a big storm passed through.

My detailed trip report is here: https://thecloudocean.com/2015/03/08/aconcagua-trip-report/

Photographs are here: https://thecloudocean.com/2015/03/13/aconcagua-photographs-february-2015/

oliverkalt

oliverkalt - Feb 8, 2015 1:39 pm Date Climbed: Jan 16, 2015

360 traverse  Sucess!

After pre-acclimating on Volcan San Jose in Chile reached the summit in a single push from Plaza Argentina without load yo-yo to use a good weather window. We had the summit for ourselves for 1.5 hours in perfect windless condition. Our plan had been for Polish Glacier but we changed that and stuck to normal trail due to blank ice conditions and turned it into the "360 traverse". Descent via Plaza Mulas. The entire trip took 11 days including a rest day at Plaza Argentina (mandatory for medical check) and one at 5500m (Jan 8 - Jan 18).

yuval

yuval - Feb 3, 2015 8:26 pm Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2015

False polish route  Sucess!

Great climb!
14 days in total via false polish route...

xchallenging

xchallenging - Dec 1, 2014 11:30 am

Next time

Attempted. Will try again.

Andrew Rankine

Andrew Rankine - Mar 11, 2014 12:19 am Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2014

Over 1 meter of snow!

Attempted to climb Aconcagua late in season, but a freak snowstorm which dumped over a meter of snow, making carrying to high camps difficult, followed by a windstorm that lasted longer than expected combined with worsening cough and altitude sickness made me turn back. Next time I will go during the Christmas holidays!

cab

cab - Feb 19, 2014 3:59 pm Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2014

False Polish  Sucess!

Great weather most of the way for our two-man team. The summit was cloudless and windless and had incredible views. Got to the summit on Day 11 and spent a total of 14 days on the mountain.

scgrant

scgrant - Jan 29, 2014 10:32 pm Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2014

Aconcagua

After spending a couple weeks acclimatizing on other peaks we were prepared for a relatively quick climb of Aconcagua. We reached high camp (White Rocks) in 4 days from the Horcones trailhead. Our forecasted clear, calm day leading into a good summit day, turned into about a foot and a half of new snow from 3 pm to midnight. After digging our way out of our tents the next day, we made the long snowy hike back down to base camp. There were no less than 80 tents at high camp that day, with everyone shooting for the same good weather window. That morning we only saw one group of 4 brave the new snow and impending storm, and head towards the top.

gato

gato - Jan 24, 2014 12:04 pm Date Climbed: Jan 12, 2014

Number 4  Sucess!

Number 4, up the False Polish. Beautiful summit day, great expedition!

William Marler

William Marler - Sep 26, 2013 12:46 pm Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2012

High winds

No success on the mountain this time other than having adventures keeping the camp sites intact in the high winds. Hunkered down at camp one holding the tent up from the inside for 12 hours straight. Some rest day. Two attempts at moving to camp 2 prevented by 100k per hour plus winds at Armeghino col. Returned to base camp to find it mostly destroyed with people heading home who no longer had tents. Most were destroyed in the storm we waited out at Camp 1. So it seems we were lucky after all.

whatdoIknow

whatdoIknow - May 28, 2013 10:50 am

Guanacos  Sucess!

Up on Guanacos (had the whole mountain to ourselves except for one AAI group), down on normal route

Bluebell08

Bluebell08 - Apr 25, 2013 9:47 pm Date Climbed: Dec 13, 2012

Normal Route  Sucess!

Had some major winds at our Camp 2 (Nido) that collapsed and broke our tent; forced us down to wait it out at basecamp. Went for it all after a day wait, summit from Nido. Very windy throughout the trip, luckily caught a break for the big day 13 days in. Out on day 15, great trip!

gato

gato - Feb 27, 2013 11:37 am Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2013

False Polish, #3  Sucess!

Another Aconcagua summit, #3 for me and another very successful trip with 100% of our group (10 folks total) on top. Crystal clear skies, light wind and stunning views all around.

gato

gato - Feb 27, 2013 11:35 am Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2013

False Polish, #2  Sucess!

Second summit for me on a beautiful day, 100% success for our group of 12. Only group on top when we arrived!

matous

matous - Jan 8, 2013 5:50 am Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2012

normal route  Sucess!

had to wait at nido condores for a better wind forecast... in the end we were lucky and had a great summit day with mild wind and good visibility...

William Marler

William Marler - Dec 16, 2012 9:52 am Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2012

High winds

Forced back down off of the mountain by extreemly high winds. Base camp ravaged by winds. Worst wind conditions I have faced in the 25 years I have been coming to Argentina. Better luck next time I guess. Regards William

malibutexan07 - Nov 24, 2012 11:23 pm Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2012

False Polish  Sucess!

Summited around 3:30pm New Year's Day. Cloudy as heck, and a brilliant snowstorm down to High Camp.

highman

highman - Nov 4, 2012 9:41 am Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2010

Polish Traverse  Sucess!

Summit from C2 via Polish Traverse. Great weather!!

labuyu - Nov 3, 2012 11:03 pm Date Climbed: Feb 17, 1983

Polish Glacier Route  Sucess!

Attempted the Polish Glacier Route, but traversed to the Normal Route due to bad weather. Very cold with high winds. Summitted from Berlin with Dan Leeth, Melvin Downing, Rob Wells and guide Peter Getzels on 2/17/83. Although successful, summit day the toughest single day I have ever experienced.

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