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Aconcagua: A Climbing Guide
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Aconcagua: A Climbing Guide

Aconcagua: A Climbing Guide

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Object Title: Aconcagua: A Climbing Guide

Manufacturer: R. J. Secor (The Mountaineers Books)

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Page By: Alpinist

Created/Edited: Mar 19, 2007 / Apr 1, 2007

Object ID: 2875

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Product Description

Reaching the highest summit in the Western hemisphere requires careful preparation and detailed instruction. R. J. Secor draws upon his extensive mountaineering experience to give climbers all that's necessary to top Aconcagua's 22,841-foot peak. This updated and revised guide features comprehensive information on recommended equipment, safety and health precautions, and conservation issues. It details both the popular and less-traveled routes reached via the Horcones Valley, South Face, and Vacas and Relinchos Valleys. Also included are a climbing history of Aconcagua and a glossary of valuable Spanish mountaineering phrases.

  • 27 routes from three major approaches.
  • Thoroughly researched advice on lodging, permits, equipment, seasons, weather and more.

Product Details

Price: $16.95
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 2nd edition (August 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0898866693
ISBN-13: 978-0898866698
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces



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AlpinistFocused climbing guide

Voted 4/5

Secor's guide book tells you exactly what you need to know to climb Aconcagua, and little more. It contains a detailed description for each of the main routes and base camps, with annotated route drawings overlain on photos. It also has a few pictoral maps, planning tips, information about guide services, equipment recommendations, weather info and other useful facts. The book is well written and focused mostly on the climb, whereas Jim Ryan's book includes a lot more general information such as city guides for Mendoza/Santiago/Penitentes, and an overview of the local language/currency/food, etc.
Posted Mar 19, 2007 4:42 pm

Kenneth.aloneNot so great...

Voted 2/5

I respect Secor for his experience but...
The book greatly needs to be updated as the information is quite old and glacier conditions and so on have changed dramatically.

He spends way to much time and weight on pro-level routes of the south wall. These routes are climbed by climbers who don't read 20 year old, black and white guidebooks. They have a look for themselves.

I think that a colour version would have aided greatly to the photos and book's value and accuracy.
For the price, you can find a better, lighter book.
Posted Mar 17, 2008 11:58 am

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