1143 San Martin Ave, Mendoza
This is a member-organized event for which the club is providing no oversight, monitoring or support of any kind. There is no screening of participants or leaders and no assurance of safety, risk management, appropriate skill level, adequate preparation or proficient experience like there would be on an official club event. On this understanding, SMC allows this opportunity so that people to make their own private arrangements to get out and climb with others. We think this valuable. Just know that YOU are responsible and liable for this private arrangement, not SMC. Climb safe, climb smart, have fun!
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Location: Border of Argentina and Chile
Elevation: 22,841ft (6962m)
Length of time: aprox 20-25 days incl travel
What we will need to figure out for an unguided expedition: permits, travel, hotels, food, gear, routes, communications, emergency contentions - everything. Qualifications:
In the best interest of personal safety, success and team compatibility, adequate training and excellent physical condition are required. You must be physically and mentally prepared to deal with strenuous situations at high altitudes. Climbers need to be in excellent physical condition, this climb is far more demanding than Kilimanjaro. In addition to the physical demands, interested people should have spent multiple nights outdoors, winter camping, completed multi-day trips with a 40+ pound pack and be able to set up camp and tents.
“Many tend to underestimate the physical fitness needs of a high altitude expedition such as this. Yes, Aconcagua has the reputation of being an “easy” and “non-technical” mountain by normal routes. This does not mean “non-physical” by any stretch of the imagination. Regarding the "non-technical" nature of Aconcagua: This is only true sometimes. There is much misinformation about this mountain both in guidebooks and on the internet. Like any big mountain, things can change frequently and rapidly. Often a climb of Aconcagua, even by one of its normal routes, can involve lots of trail-breaking in deep snow, and/or long traversing sections of hard ice where the knowledge and proper use of crampons and ice axes are critical to safety. Have you put a 50 or 60-pound pack on and climbed extensive mountain terrain? Are you comfortable with the use of crampons and ice axe when tired and looking down a long way? If the answer is no, then you need to get that experience before joining an expedition. ” –Alpine Ascents guide
Be realistic about personal limitations, the expedition will include steep climbing with a heavy load, strenuous physical activity for multiple hours a day for multiple consecutive days, A 12-14+ hour summit day, and mountaineering techniques which require core strength and flexibility. Experience at 14,000ft+ is a must!
Training (pulled from another source):
Pure cardiovascular fitness is simply not enough. Focus on building the physical conditioning necessary to ascend 3,500 feet of vertical elevation gain on successive days carrying 45-50+ pounds.
Prioritize your training efforts in the following way, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:
1. Climbing conditioning - pack-loaded uphill hiking, walking, and stair climbing
2. Strength training for the lower body and core
3. Cardiovascular training, including both aerobic and anaerobic workouts without pack weight
4. Flexibility training
Most people will need to train specifically for their climb of Aconcagua for at least four to six months, building up from a solid baseline of fitness. During your training, you will need to progressively ramp up your hike time, distance and elevation gain (at roughly 10% per week) to safely and effectively build your climbing- specific conditioning. Trying to rush this will increase the risk of experiencing some sort of training injury and not being ready for your trip.
Here is a link to a guiding company’s fitness/training page if you’ll find it helpful: https://www.rmiguides.com/resources/fitness-and-training
Other links to info about climbing Aconcagua:
ANYONE WHO FEELS CONFIDENT AND IS SERIOUSLY INTERESTED:
Are you available January 2017? Will you be wanting/willing to do a 14er practice trip with everyone? Shasta or Rainier ideally for the snow
Where do you live? (to see if an in-person meetup to talk about everything would be possible)
How big of a group size do you think would be best?
0 · January 27
I climbed Shasta last year, now I want to tackle more peaks :)
in good shape but not an experienced hiker
Climbed The Matterhorn, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Whitney (winter, mountaineers' route), Chimorazo
MTN 2; SIG2; RCK 1, RCK 2, AIARE Cert'd. Level 1. Some sport and lead climbing experience.