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Aconcagua - Thu, Dec 24 2015, Wed, Dec 30 2015, Sun, Jan 3 2016, Sun, Jan 24 2016, Mon, Jan 25 2016, Wed, Jan 27 2016

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The Basics:
Event Type:Mountaineering
Event Location:Mount Aconcagua Provincial Park - Mendoza Argentina
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Dec 24 2015, Wed, Dec 30 2015, Sun, Jan 3 2016, Sun, Jan 24 2016, Mon, Jan 25 2016, Wed, Jan 27 2016  8:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Dec 1 2015 10:00:00 PM
Event Duration:26-34 Days
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): Richard Polanski
Mandana Amiri
Rob Brusse
Carl Douglas
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 5 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)


Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside of Asia, at 6,960.8 metres (22,837 ft), and by extension the highest point in both the Western Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.[1] It is located in the Andes mountain range, in the Mendoza Province, Argentina, and lies 112 kilometers (70 mi) northwest of its capital, the city of Mendoza. Its nearest higher neighbor is Tirich Mir in the Hindu Kush, 16,520 kilometers (10,270 mi) away. It is one of the Seven Summits.

Aconcagua is technically an easy mountain, via the normal route and is arguably the highest non-technical mountain in the world. The northern route does not absolutely require ropes, axes, pins or other specialized equipment. Although the effects of altitude are severe (atmospheric pressure is 40% of sea-level at the summit), the use of supplemental oxygen is not required. Altitude sickness will affect most climbers to some extent, depending on the degree of acclimatization While the normal climb is technically easy, multiple casualties occur every year on this mountain (in January 2009 alone five climbers died) due to the large numbers of climbers who make the attempt and because many climbers underestimate the objective risks of the elevation and of cold weather, which is the real challenge on this mountain.

This is a self-guided Expedition using some local logistical support (Mules - to transport gear from trail head to various base camps).

There are various route options: Standard route, polish route, false polish routes.

Our Expedition is made of 3 autonomous self-reliant groups each having their own slightly different objectives, whose members plan to coalesce in the vicinity of Camp Berlin before proceeding to the summit together.

Group 1…..Brent & Rob
32 day trip. Leaves Vancouver Dec 24 flying to Mendoza (permits & provisions) returning to Vancouver January 25. This Group leaves about a week ahead of the other parties for extra acclimatization days before the climb. Aconcagua ascent via Normal Route AND if conditions permit also hope to ascend Cerro Mercedario (6,700m 21,980 ft), 100 km north of Aconcagua. Std route reportedly of similar nature high elevation hike. Will need about 5 available nights to make for feasible ascent & return to Mendoza prior to departure).

Group 2…….Mandana & Carl
26 day trip. Leaving Vancouver Dec 30th flying to Mendoza (permit and provisions) returning to Vancouver January 25th. This Group leaving Mendoza Jan 2nd planning to acclimatize enroute. Aconcagua ascent via Normal route AND if timing permits also hope to ascend Cerro Mercedario.

Group 3 ……….Richard
24 day trip. Leaving Vancouver January 3rd flying to Mendoza (permit and provisions) returning to Van January 27th. This Group of one (so far) plans to acclimatize enroute. Aconcagua ascent via False Polish route (which requires extra transport day to the mountain and extra load carries (and related costs) over mountain as exit via normal route is contemplated).

Cost (Estimates)
Flight costs to Mendoza return…………about $ Can 1,500 ….we booked $1,000 flights.
Logistics in Argentina Hotels, Meals Transport.……….500
Mountain Logistics Permits, Mules supplies…….……1,500……… (+$500 False Polish Route)

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Contact any of us if you’re a club member, fit, largely self-reliant and want to join us in this self-guided adventure …… Existing group members will screen admission to their groups.

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