I think that rope is an overkill on the normal route, but I guess if someone is dizzy, and slips... hmmm... you can slip pretty far even on the normal route. And Dizziness is not so hard above 6000 meters.
Liba Kopeckova
on Feb 10, 2011 12:21 am
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rgg - Feb 10, 2011 9:59 am - Voted 10/10

To rope or not

Interesting subscript!

My thoughts on whether to rope up or not is that that decision always depends on a lot of factors. Some that spring to mind, apart from dizziness, are the potential consequences of a fall, the chance of actually falling, tiredness, experience, and confidence level.

Looking at this photo, I'd say a rope would indeed be overkill for most, but if the lower climber was inexperienced, and the higher climber would be capable of stopping a fall, then the rope could be a good idea, especially a bit higher on this snow slope. I've never been there, but from what I read, there are a lot of accidents on Aconcagua and the fact that many inexperienced people try to climb it plays no small part in that.

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Liba Kopeckova - Feb 10, 2011 3:45 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: To rope or not

Hi Rob, I don't want to judge people, so whatever they feel comfortable with. But, as you mentioned overkill for most.

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