“We have reached yellow rocks, all is really good. More news later”, in via satellite – good luck team!
Summit Day on Aconcagua – The Task at Hand!
The Aconcagua summit day is very long yet satisfying. Our wake up call is at first light, and we depart between 6 – 8am depending on the wind. We will be ending in the late afternoon. The summit day involves nothing more than mountain walking, albeit at high altitude. In good conditions from the base of the Central Canaleta the summit is reached in just 4 to 5 hours. The Central Canaleta then involves about 300 meters in vertical elevation gain. At this point, due to the gradient and altitude we calculate approximately one hour per 100 meters of elevation gain. The Canaleta sometimes requires a little scrambling to the final summit ridge, which provides outstanding views down the South Face. Finally, a metal cross adorns the true summit and is accompanied by a summit register. The views from the summit on a clear day are superb, and can stretch as far as the Pacific Ocean. From the summit we return the same way to Camp Plaza Caluba.
Altitude sleeping: 19,600! / 5974m.
Max Elevation: 22,841! / 6962m.
Elevation Ascent/ Descent hiking: 3,241’ / 988m up/down.