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Aconcagua Update – December 29, 2018

Aconcagua Rapid Ascent – Update From the Mountain

Alpenglow’s first Aconcagua Rapid Ascent team of the season is currently (December 29) at camp 2 on Aconcagua dealing with windy conditions but feeling strong and in good spirits. But first, a little recap of what’s happened so far…

Smooth Arrivals, Quickly into the Mountains

Bus ride to Penitentes.

Between Saturday (December 22) and Sunday (December 23), all 8 clients arrived safely in Mendoza and were picked up by guides Jaime Avila and Carla Perez. No missing baggage made the transition smooth and before we knew it the whole team was…

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Aconcagua Update: February 1, 2018

Cumbre!!

We’ll go with the most exciting news first – this morning at 10am local time we had 4 members of our climbing team summit Aconcagua. Conditions were breezy up there but winds were noticeably less than forecasted. Our teams are psyched they stuck it out and pushed up the mountain looking for that coveted summit window, and they sure did find it!

The Final Push

Prior to the successful summit push this morning, the climbing team made solid moves from camp 1 to camp 2 on January 29th, with everyone feeling pretty good as the altitude progressed. They spent two nights at…

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Aconcagua Update: January 27, 2018

We last left off with the team heading to Camp 1 on Aconcagua. That day Adrian’s team made it up in a peppy 3.5 hours. The next team followed up with a nice time themselves, 5 hours to camp 1 and everyone feeling good. Our porter team keeps treating us well, and the climbers were super happy to see a spread of charcuterie for lunch upon arrival. Weather for the climbing that day was perfect – sunny and calm in the morning while they made their move. The wind decided to pick up in the afternoon though and was at…

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Aconcagua Update: January 24, 2018

Just a few short days ago, our team of 6 coalesced in Mendoza from various parts of the U.S. and South America. The lead guides for this group are the one and only Adrian Ballinger who is working alongside the man the myth the legend, Jaime Avila. Dinner of course was delicious as it always is in Mendoza accompanied by world class Malbec wines. The easy going atmosphere wouldn’t last long though as the next day the team was in a shuttle heading towards the town of Penitentes where the plan was to hitch a ride with the local helicopter to base…

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South America Climbing Season Coming into Focus

The cold temperatures of fall here in the northern hemisphere reminds us that the Aconcagua climbing season is coming into view. This season Alpenglow Expeditions has eight different expeditions to South America – 2 in Ecuador, 1 in Patagonia, and 5 separate teams heading to the tallest peak outside of Asia, the one and only Aconcagua. We love this time of year as our South American expeditions are truly special to our entire program.

Ecuador is Next on the tick list…

Our first team arriving in Ecuador aims to climb Cotopaxi (conditions dependent, more on that in a moment) in 5 days…

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Aconcagua Season Summary

¡Cumbre! We had three Aconcagua Rapid Ascent expeditions this season, and each Rapid Ascent team had successful summits of Aconcagua (22,841′ / 6962m). Cheers to strong teams and success, despite the challenging weather of South America’s tallest peak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Aconcagua Rapid Ascent expedition is just 14 days, including three travel days and three built in weather days. Rapid Ascent is a unique program developed by Alpenglow Expeditions that combines the relatively new application of hypoxic training with precise logistics and small team sizes to greatly increase the chances of success while reducing the overall time spent…

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Aconcagua Expedition Photos

 

These photos are from our current Aconcagua Rapid Ascent expedition. Yesterday the expedition team summited around 11am and they were back in Mendoza by midnight.

Aconcagua (22,841′ / 6962m) is the tallest peak in the Americas, tallest in the Western and Southern Hemispheres, and tallest outside of the Himalaya.

Aconcagua is one of the Seven Summits and its high altitude makes it the ideal training ground for 8000m peaks like Cho Oyu and Mount Everest.

 

Photo 1: basecamp (13,800′ / 3048m) as seen from the helicopter on the approach

 

Photo 2: C2 (17,900′ / 5456m) as the team was…

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Successful Aconcagua Summit!

¡CUMBRE! Another successful Rapid Ascent Aconcagua (22,841′ / 6962m) summit! The team was back in C3 (19,700′ /  6000m) early this morning and they are currently making their way back to base camp (13,800′ / 4206m).

Aconcagua is famous for many reasons. It is the tallest peak in the Southern and Western Hemisphere, and also the highest peak outside the Himalaya. Its high altitude makes it the ideal training ground for 8,000 meter peaks like Cho Oyu and Everest.

The team will fly back to Los Penitentes (8,540′ / 2600m) this evening and then it is a 3 hour drive from Penitentes to…

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Aconcagua Team in C2

Yesterday was a rest day in C1 (16,568′ / 5050m) for our Aconcagua Rapid Ascent team. One of the guides and a couple porters moved some team gear to C2 (17,900′ / 5456m). Today all of the team moved up to C2 and tomorrow they will move to C3 (19,700′ /  6000m), also known as high camp. If all goes to plan they will summit on Tuesday, January 31st. “This team is rockin’!”, all is well, stay tuned for more updates soon!

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Great Meals in C1 on Aconcagua

High quality food at high altitude! This is one of the highlights of our Aconcagua Rapid Ascent expedition. Pictured here is the team enjoying scrambled eggs. Last night they had Argentinian burgers and today for lunch it was pizza. Cheers to great food and great company at C1 (16,568′ / 5050m) #AdventureDoneRight

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