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How to prepare to reach Aconcagua summit

Livin’ Large on Labor Day

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!

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.