Stretching up to 6,962m (22,841ft) above sea level, Cerro Aconcagua, the Stone Sentinel, guards the central part of the Andes mountain range of South American. Aconcagua is the highest peak in South America, as well as the highest outside of Asia. It is located in western Argentina, only 15km from the Chilean border.
Aconcagua is, arguably, the highest non-technical peak in the world. That said, some basic technical knowledge and experience (such as use of crampons and an ice-axe) are recommended for climbers doing the most popular routes. The mountain’s biggest dangers are altitude and weather, with many climbers getting AMS and/or frostbite on the mountain. There are two primary approaches to the mountain: through the Horcones Valley (for climbers doing the Normal Route) or through the Vacas Valley (for climbers doing the Polish Glacier, False Polish Glacier, or 360˚ Routes).
- Aconcagua is also the highest mountain in the Western and Southern hemispheres.
- The mountain was characterized in a 1942 Disney cartoon called Pedro.
- The mountain’s south face is one of the world’s most difficult and deadly mountaineering challenges.
- To date, the youngest person to summit the mountain is a 10-year-old boy named Matthew Moniz in 2008. The oldest is 87-year-old Scott Lewis, who climbed it in 2007.
Cason reached the summit of Aconcagua via the 360˚ Route with Aventuras Patagonicas at 3:10pm on February 24th, 2012.
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Aconcagua (Spanish pronunciation: [akoŋˈkaɣwa]) is the highest mountain in the Americas at 6,959 m (22,841 ft). It is located in the Andes mountain range, in the province of Mendoza, Argentina, and lies 112 kilometres (70 mi) west by north of its capital, the city … Continue reading
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Aconcagua: Mountain Surgery at Camp I
Remember how I said I cut up my hand by falling on a rock and had to use a Swiss Army Knife to cut off the skin? Well here’s the video. Watch it and comment on how gross it is. … Continue reading
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Aconcagua Awards! (A fun way to recap…)
Funniest moment:Two words: Clint Brewer. This guy—one of my teammates—is amazing. He was one member of the group of five firemen from Fort Worth, TX climbing on the expedition. He looks (a little) like Derek Zoolander and he certainly makes … Continue reading
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Reflections on the Stone Sentinel
Wow. What an amazing expedition. First of all, for the record, I summited Aconcagua at 3:10pm on February 24th, 2012, on Day 12 of the expedition. But this trip was so much more than that brief moment at the summit. … Continue reading
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And now back home…
We hiked out from Base Camp to Penitentes two days ago and drove back from Pentitentes to Mendoza yesterday. Last night we had our celebratory team dinner in Mendoza (typical Argentina meat and wine, of course!). It was so delicious … Continue reading
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Descent to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (February 25th)
The weather only got worse. After a terrifying night of 80+mph winds (our tent got totally shredded), we packed up our stuff quickly in the morning and began to climb down to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. The weather had … Continue reading
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SUMMIT DAY! (February 24th)
What a day! I summited Aconcagua (6,962m above sea level) with 8 of my teammates and 3 guides at 3:10pm on February 24th, 2012. This was the 12th day of the expedition, and a couple days ahead of schedule. Thank … Continue reading
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Move to High Camp! (February 23rd)
So our lead guide Jacob came up from Base Camp late yesterday with good news and bad news. The bad news is that a massive storm with very high winds (NOT good) was coming in starting the 25th (in two … Continue reading
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Rest Day at Camp II (February 22nd)
We’re really getting into a rythmn now. We moved up to Camp I, carried half our gear up to Camp II, then moved up to Camp II with the rest of our gear yesterday. Now we’re taking a rest day … Continue reading
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Second Rest Day at Base Camp (February 18th)
After our carry up to Camp I yesterday, one of our teammates—Jake, a firefighter from Fort Worth, TX—was not feeling well (he vomited on the way down from Camp I) and had really low blood pressure. The doctor gave him … Continue reading
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