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Aconcagua summit question

PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:05 pm
by dreammonger

I have a question regarding a summit attempt for Aconcagua:

Is 15 hours a reasonable goal to start for the Aconcagua summit from Nido de Condores (after resting one day at Nido after arriving from camp Canada, but never having been to Cholera before) and return back to Nido de Condores? This is for a person who has trained for Aconcagua, but who is not as fit as a guide or as someone who lives at high altitude may be.

Thank you.

Re: Aconcagua summit question

PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:08 am
by Scott
Several people do the summit from Nido, but whether or not it is reasonable for you is something only you can answer.

Re: Aconcagua summit question

PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:20 pm
by dreammonger
Thanks. What I am trying to understand is whether a 15hr summit day (starting and ending at Nido without having been to Cholera to acclimatize before) is a "typical" duration for regular climber (not a mountain guide etc.).

Or if it is hard to determine what "a regular climber" is it will be great if the people who are replying can suggest whether 15 hours is possible for them or not. Thanks.

Re: Aconcagua summit question

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:21 pm
by cab
I would say that if you don't have the experience to know if you're capable of a 15-hour day at 22,000 feet, then you're probably not. If you're going all the way up there, give yourself the best chance at making it to the top and use a more conservative acclimitization schedule.