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Aconcagua Group Expedition 2015

January 23, 2015 – Our group expedition on Aconcagua has begun! Everyone was thrilled to fly into Mendoza and enjoyed the food and famed wine. The crew set out on their trek to Base Camp and arrived in BC on Wednesday, January 21. They stayed there for a rest day on Thursday and continued on to Camp 1 today. Chad and Jaime are guiding and have reported that the climbers are feeling well and are in good spirits – and they’re really looking forward to the awesome adventure that lies ahead! 

You can find daily Aconcagua Expedition 2015 updates on…

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Trip Update Overload on Social Media!

Ok, not really. How can you ever have too many awesome pictures and team info? But we do have a lot of trips this month and we are launching a new way of keeping you posted on our teams across the globe.

Alpenglow will be posting daily trip updates on Twitter; we will show highlights of our trips on Facebook; and we will save our longer blog posts for summaries packed with info and photos that will go up every few days or so.

This is the perfect month to see if you like our new…

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Aconcagua: Stellar Climbing, Incredible Food, and Decadent Wine

In January, a team of Alpenglow climbers will travel to Argentina to climb Aconcagua, which is one of the Seven Summits and the tallest mountain in the western hemisphere. Climbing Aconcagua is a spectacular goal and while Aconcagua is not a technical mountain, our climbers have trained for months to accomplish the terrain and altitude they will experience. One of the luxuries of Aconcagua is its proximity to Mendoza. A stunningly beautiful city, flowing with wine and packed with decadent food. The city is an Alpenglow favorite, as we explore and indulge in Mendoza both pre and post climb. Mendoza…

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How Alpenglow Rapid Ascent Expeditions Work

Climbing Aconcagua, the Western Hemisphere’s tallest peak in 14 days instead of 23

Since 2012, Alpenglow has been dedicated to Rapid Ascent expeditions, shortening the time it takes to climb big mountains by 30-50%. This is now the only style we climb 8000-meter peaks in, and it is quickly becoming the most popular and successful way for our teams to climb big peaks around the world.

Over the past few weeks, our January 2015 Rapid-Ascent expedition to Aconcagua in Argentina has quickly filled. Aconcagua, one of the Seven Summits, is the tallest peak in South America and is the tallest…

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How Does Altitude Affect Us in the Big Mountains?

 

This past spring, I went backcountry skiing in the Eastern Sierra. After camping at 7,000 feet in Travertine Hot Springs, we began our hike at 10,000 feet in Virginia lakes with the goal of summiting and skiing Black Mountain (11,797 feet / 3,596 meters). As a Tahoe resident, I live and work daily at 6,200 feet above sea level so the thought of altitude did not cross my mind when I began hiking up Black Mountain that day…and kept hiking…and stopped to catch my breath…and got bit woozy and had to sit down. Things got slower. The beautiful view…

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Aconcagua Summit – Photos and Wrap-up!

The Jones Family and crew gave us a fantastic first trip of the season on Aconcagua! The highlights were many, from the huge asados (barbeques) we had throughout the trip (in Mendoza before and after the climb, at the base camps, and on every night of the trek in), the beautiful route, quiet clean camps, and the stunning views. This season was especially beautiful on the mountain, due to the amount of snow on the route and the surrounding peaks. A big snowstorm in early December covered Aconcagua, and meant that we wore big mountain boots and crampons for much…

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All in Cholera Camp

The team arrived quickly (2 hours, 15 minutes) and safely to Cholera Camp today, where they are excited to be resting at 20,000′. We will keep you posted as they proceed with a good weather forecast ahead.…

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C2 Tagged

The Aconcagua team tagged C2 yesterday with ease and came back down to C1 for today’s rest day. All are feeling remarkably strong and now, all that remains is finding a sufficient weather window on this notoriously windy mountain! We’ll keep you posted as they check in for forecasts and make their decision on the best time to line up a summit bid.…

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Aconcagua Summit Bid Begins

The Aconcagua team checked in with another update, they are on their way up! The group tagged Camp 1 yesterday on an acclimatization move and gear carry in just three hours. Guide Adrian Ballinger said “everyone is feeling strong and healthy and conditions are excellent.” So this afternoon the Australian team and their guides left bascecamp for the summit push! The current plan is to move to Camp 1 today, sleep there for three nights, then three nights at Camp 2 and one night at Camp 3 before going for the top, conditions permitting. On descent they will stay at C3 for one night…

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Onward to Plaza de Argentina

We got word last night from the team on Aconcagua at Casa de Piedras, where they rested after 2 days of trekking 30 kilometers up the valley. There has been a bit of wind, however, the skies are completely blue and the temperatures are warm, leaving everyone healthy and happy… especially after Gary’s bbq birthday dinner cooked by the burro drivers and topped off with brownies (courtesy of Desiree) imported from Miami! Today, the team will hike another 15 kilometers and 1000 meters to basecamp at Plaza de Argentina, where they will rest for a couple of days. More to…

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