Do I have what it takes to climb Aconcagua?
Aconcagua season is just around the corner! You may have had your sites set on tackling the highest peak in South America. Now’s the time to start assessing whether or not you have what it takes, and get your space on one of our expeditions this winter. Below are some steps to getting yourself ready, if you feel like you have what it takes, then give us a call and we’ll get you set up!
Nearing the summit of Aconcagua. Pablo Puruncajas photo
Step 1: Take a climbing course; even better, take a climbing course in Ecuador or Bolivia to gain skills and some high altitude experience.
Step 2: Get additional experience with a high altitude climb; something like Kilimanjaro would work, but even better would be trips to the Mexico Volcanoes or our Cotopaxi Climb in Ecuador, both only nine day trips from the U.S. If these steps go well for you, start packing! Or;
Step 3: Go on a trip that has some genuine expedition-type climbing, which means multiple camps at higher elevations, the possibility of storms, and some cold-weather conditions. Some examples of such trips could include: Huayna Potosi and Illimani expedition in Bolivia or Island Peak in Nepal.
And if you’re unsure of whether you are totally prepared, consider that porter support is available on all Aconcagua climbs, taking some of the work load off your back. Give us a call and we can talk about the trip and whether you’re ready or not.
It’s not too late to get it together for upcoming expeditions on the Polish Traverse or the Normal Route.