Congratulations from me as well!
you've used the original-size photo, which is too tall for the available "letterbox" frame, not just too wide for the page. The scrollbars help a bit, but we really can't picture the entire scene. Try the large size instead. (That's one's not as tall as the frame, so you'll want to reduce the height of the frame a little. )
Done. I just switched this using the SP image feature with medium size. Yeah, the photo was just too big, too much scrolling.
I visited Aconcagua a few years ago and was intrigued by the many other peaks within a hundred miles. Thanks for writing about a peak I knew nothing about! Congrats on the summit!
Thanks for the excellent trip report.
Next time I think I'd be sure to take the axe - in case you get some ice while on the mountain...........
Why was it you weren't sleeping much?
Does it ever happen that there is NO snow to melt around your high camps? If so, could be a problem.
Yes, no ice axe was somewhat of a risk. The funny thing is that only a brief section of ice could cause a big problem. I never sleep well when camping, plus hitting the sleeping bag at 7PM doesn't help because I don't spend enough hours active and awake to be sleepy. There was always snow. I guess in the really dry peaks further north (Pissis, etc.) no snow is a real risk.
How does one organize a trip like? I have not done much travelling abroad. How to plan for budget? How much does the whole thing cost (airfare etc)? Are permits required? Do you need to get a visa?
This sounds like such a wonderful trip. Congratulations!!! Please do respond.
I did a trip to Ecuador and did Cotopaxi with a guide (a simple two-day climb) and did a two-week climb in Chile with some experienced Summitposters last year, so I had a good idea of what I was getting into. Also I read absolutely everything I could find on the mountain on the Internet. $1000 tickets from Miami and $500 each way for jeep transportation and mules. No visa as the South American countries are happy to have tourists. Chile charges $100 entry fee for Americans, but Argentina is free. No permits for Ramada (though I believe nearby Aconcagua is $300 because they have rangers, a helicopter, etc.) The two weeks, much of it sitting around and acclimatizing, is a long time and can be boring but it adds to the sense of accomplishment and gives time to really soak in the experience.
For the interesting read and information. Congratulations. Cheers William
on the top of Cerro Ramada on January 4 2015 at noon will be the closest place and time you can be from the sun and have your 2 feet on the grown. will anyone reach it at this time ?