Aconcagua: Highest Trek in the World

 

Aconcagua: Highest Trek in the World
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Aconcagua: Highest Trek in the World
Manufacturer Jim Ryan (Cicerone)
Page By Alpinist
Page Type Mar 19, 2007 / Mar 31, 2007
Object ID 2861
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Complete guide to climbing Aconcagua, highest peak in South America at 6962m, the highest peak outside the Himalayas and one of the highest peaks accessible for ordinary mortals. Route descriptions up the Normal and Polish Glacier routes, plus trekking routes in the Argentinian and Chilean southern Andes. Outstanding maps and photographs.

The guide provides all the practical information on getting to South America, using time in Santiago and Mendoza (en route to the mountains) to prepare, and travel into the mountains. It also covers preparation for high altitude mountaineering - equipment, altitude and acclimatisation. In addition it provides strategies for the ascent, including preparations, food and water, whether to have a guide or not, mules and muleteers, and staying healthy.

Finally, the author provides background information to help you gain the most from your experience - on the exploration and discovery of the mountain and the surrounding region, its geology, wildlife and flora, the people and local culture.

Product Details

Price: $19.95 (US)
Paperback: 171 pages
Publisher: Cicerone Press (March 18, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1852844558
ISBN-13: 978-1852844554
Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces



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Alpinist - Mar 19, 2007 4:45 pm - Voted 5/5

Excellent guide book
If I had to pick only 1 guide book to climb Aconcagua, it would be this one. Ryan's book is very comprehensive. It has a very detailed description for each of the main routes to the summit and basecamps along the way. Unlike secor's book, it contains a lot of general information such as city guides for Mendoza/Santiago/Penitentes, and an overview of the local language/currency/food, etc. This is very useful as you will likely be travelling through one of those cities before or after the climb. This guide book also has better map diagrams than Secor's book.

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