After some logistical finagling that landed us as the only remaining team on the route, the Alpenglow Expeditions Aconcagua Rapid Ascent team reached the summit of Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America, on February 6th. Huge shoutout to ASEGUIM-certified (IFMGA-equivalent) mountain guide Gaspar Navarrete for leading a successful expedition!
After an unpredictable season weather-wise, with high winds battering the upper mountain for most of December and January, Gaspar and the team took advantage of a short window of low winds and clear skies to reach the top.
The team’s summit day was nonetheless extremely challenging, but entirely attainable. They climbed around 3,000 vertical feet through sand, scree, and snow before cresting the final rocky ridge. On the summit of Aconcagua, they stood on the highest point in the Americas, with exceptionally stunning views of the southern Andes.
They’re currently headed back to Mendoza to enjoy a celebratory meal before heading home.
Keen to join us next year? We’re already filling out our 2024/2025 Aconcagua teams. Reach out to our office to see if you qualify for Aconcagua.
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