Blog

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…

Keep Reading...

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.…

Keep Reading...

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.…

Keep Reading...

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…

Keep Reading...

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…

Keep Reading...

2011 Aconcagua Expedition Begins

Alpenglow’s 2011 Aconcagua Expedition is underway! The team of five, which will be guided by Alpenglow’s owner, Adrian Ballinger, and lead guide Jaime Avila arrived in Mendoza on Monday. They spent a couple of days exploring the town, enjoying amazing wine and steak dinners, and finalizing logistics. Yesterday they traveled to the town of Penitentes, which at 8,000 feet, sits at the entrance to the valleys leading into Aconcagua through Argentina’s Andes. Today the team began the trek to basecamp through the landscape of the green Valle de Vacas and were to make their way to Las Leñas. More news to come! …

Keep Reading...

Wrapping up Winter Programs in South America

After two extremely successful programs in January (Ecuador and Argentina), our clients and guides have gone their separate ways. Callum returned to real life in California, Nik is enjoying a little more time in Mendoza, Jacques has headed to Tierra del Fuego, and Jaime is en route home to Ecuador! Their last day in Argentina together, Jaime, Jacques and Nik had a relaxing day on horseback. Nothing like a little leisure after a lot of hard work!…

Keep Reading...

Aconcagua Summit Photos

The Alpenglow Team is back in Mendoza, and has been celebrating with all the good treats Argentina has to offer – especially great Malbec and big steaks. They’ll spend the next day or two realxing and recovering from their summit before they say goodbye and begin their trips home. 

Guide Jaime Avila just sent a few photos from the expedition, including summit shots from a perfect day. Enjoy, and stay tuned for a full photo album from the trip on Facebook, and blogs coming soon from Alpenglow Expeditions ski mountaineering in Europe!

 

 …

Keep Reading...

Steak Tomorrow!

The team is back in basecamp (Plaza de Mulas) enjoying Cokes and homemade pizza from our local cook. Last night was cold and windy at high camp so the group was especially excited to get down. They timed their summit perfectly on the last calm day before big winds came to Aconcagua. The walk all the way to basecamp was a long one with heavy packs, so the team is enjoying the good food and comfortable camp. Tomorrow, they plan to get moving early and hike all the way out. They will be eating steak in Mendoza by tomorrow night! …

Keep Reading...

All summit Aconcagua!

Just a very quick post to let family, friends, and blog followers know that our Aconcagua team has summited in excellent conditions and they felt great on the summit. We will be back with more later. Congrats Jacques, Nik, and Jaime!…

Keep Reading...