Aconcagua is in Argentina along the border near Chile. It's the highest peak in the Andes Mountains, the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere at 23,000 ft. Of the 7 Summits, Aconcagua is considered by Climbers to be the most difficult to climb, including Mt. Everest. The Mountain is a slag heap of rocks, stone and scree (gravel like substance, two steps up, slide one step back). The dangers are falling rock and high winds. The summit will have 70 mph sustained winds with gusts up to 100 mph. Snow is nearly constant with the moist winds coming in from the warm Pacific Ocean across Chile and up Aconcagua.
Entrance to the main trail
Beautiful but dangerous at the bottom valley. We got into some quicksand while we were trekking in the dark.
A dead mule on the path. Mules are used to transport packs to the Base Camp.
Up the trail, top of the Valley, bad weather coming our way.
Higher Camp near the wind blown carved snow pack.
Highest Camp, severe cold, wind, falling rocks. (15K feet)
Th team. Harry and James (both shipped their bicycles to the base camp and rode across Chile to the Pacific Ocean) and Anders, a Sergeant in the Denmark Army.