Follow Mountain Link up the highest peak in South America,
Aconcagua (22,835'). Senior Guide
Jeff Justman will be
providing dispatches throughout his expedition in January. Also leading
expeditions will be Mountain Link Guides Tap Richards, Heidi Eichner and
Lhawang Dhondup (a.k.a. The Tibetan Bull). Stay tuned after the expedition for
photos of the climb and salsa dancing in Mendoza!
THE STONE SENTINEL
Aconcagua: 22,835 feet
The highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere, Aconcagua is a huge mass of
windswept rock and glaciers. This is a worthy climb for anyone ready to
conquer "The Stone Sentential."
Highest Mountain in the Western Hemisphere
Our route up the mountain is technically straightforward, but the altitude and
possibility of sudden changes of weather make this a full-scale expedition.
Although most of the mountain is loose boulder fields, oftentimes we need an
ice axe and crampons. There is always the possibility of a sudden "viento
blanco" ("white wind", a kind of heavy blizzard) which can make this a
We use mules to help carry our gear to our base camp at Plaza Argentina at
13,800 feet. This spectacular camp overlooks the Relinchos Valley and the
glaciated moraine of the mountain.
For more on
Mountain Link's Aconcagua expeditions see here.