Primary objective was to summit Aconcagua in Argentina and to return safely back home in The Netherlands in 2003/2004. Aconcagua is the tallest mountain of the American continent, 6962 meters, and one of the 7 Summits.
Secondary objectives were:
We considered it a successful expedition if everyone:
The best time to go to Aconcagua is their summer period. Normally one would climb the mountain between mid December and mid March.
The plan was to take 5 weeks for the trip. Twenty days for the Aconcagua itself and the rest for acclimatization, transport, relaxing, etc.
|Official name||:||Cerro Aconcagua|
|Altitude||:||6962 meters, 22,841 feet|
|Coordinates||:||32°39.190' South, 70°00.270' West|
|1st ascent||:||Mathias Zurbriggen, 1897|
Ideally a team would comprise 4 to 6 persons. Initially we had a team of 4, but unfortunately one had to cancel, so we ended up with a team of three. If we had diminished to a couple, we would have considered taking the Normal route.
On the photo, clockwise starting with the red helmet: