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Stories: Aconcagua

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A group of climbers walks across a tallus field while climbing Aconcagua with the sun rising on the snowy mountains behind them.

You Can Climb Aconcagua

With an altitude of 22,841’/6,962m, Aconcagua is the tallest mountain outside of the Himalayas and the tallest peak in the Americas. Despite its impressive height, it’s often classified as a trekking peak as there are multiple routes that present no technical climbing, making it accessible to many climbers who are well-prepared and, even more so, choose to climb with a guide.
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A view of the summit of Aconcagua, the tallest peak in South America.

Climbing Aconcagua: Changes Adrian Ballinger Has Seen Over the Years

Alpenglow owner and founder Adrian Ballinger started guiding and climbing Aconcagua in the late 1990s, around the same time that high-altitude mountaineering saw a massive surge in popularity around the world. However, regulations, ethics, and best practices in the mountaineering world failed to keep pace with the growth of the sport.
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Esteban 'Topo' Mena coiling a rope while guiding a Cotopaxi Expedition with Alpenglow Expeditions.

“Give Yourself the Time”: Graduating from Trekking to Climbing with Topo Mena

While ‘walking’ may sound trivial, a number of big mountains involve a lot of walking, albeit in extreme places. To talk about the journey, we connected with IFMGA-certified Alpenglow guide Esteban ‘Topo’ Mena about graduating from trekking to climbing. For beginners, he had this advice to offer: “At first, it’s important to give yourself the time to walk in the mountains and appreciate the land and the opportunity to just be there.”
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Aconcagua Update: Summit!

Summit Update from Aconcagua
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Update from Aconcagua

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Summit Success on Aconcagua

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A climber with a blue backpack climbing with Alpenglow Expeditions descends from Camp 1 through tall white snow penitentes on Aconcagua

Aconcagua Update: Team Pauses at Base Camp to Dodge the Wind

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Aconcagua Routes

Read about the route to climb Aconcagua with our professional alpine guides in just 14 days! Route, itinerary, & map of Aconcagua.
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An Inside Look on a Successful Summit of Aconcagua

  Day-to-Day on South America’s Tallest Peak On January 23rd, 2023, Alpenglow Guide Roberto ‘Tico’ Morales summited Aconcagua (22,837′/6,961m) with clients Nate and Ryan. Despite challenging conditions thus far in…
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Updates from the ’22/’23 Aconcagua Climbing Season

The 2023 climbing season on Aconcagua has been nothing short of challenging. High winds, heavy snows, and bitter cold have hindered many summit attempts on the mountain throughout the season,…
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