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February 26, 2015

Guest Blog - A Climber's Journal of Aconcagua

I am off to Argentina today to join with 8 other climbers and 3 guides from Mountain Madness to attempt a summit of Aconcagua via the Normal Route.

The team is arriving in Mendoza, Argentina over the next few days and we will soon begin our expedition and ascent of the highest mountain in the western and southern hemispheres. Aconcagua (the stone sentinel) stands at an impressive 6962m (22,834 ft.) above sea level, one of the “7 Summits”. It is great training for the high altitude peaks in the Himalayas. [+] READ MORE

February 10, 2014

Final Aconcagua Team Takes Off!

Cerro Aconcagua, the highest summit of South America standing on Argentina's border at 22,841 feet / 6962 meters, is notorious for high winds, cold temperatures and generally trecherous conditions. Last season was arguably one of the most difficult season in the history of the mountain for those trecherous conditions, causing many groups to turn around without having reached the summit. This season, our teams took to the mountain with high hopes of greater success. Our January Normal Route team unfortunately encountered some of those high winds, but congratulations are in order to the team for pushing as far as only a couple hundred meters short of the summit before turning around. Our final team of the season has begun their expedition, and MM Guide Gaspar Navarrete checked in:

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January 20, 2014

Aconcagua Team Ready to Move Up

MM Guide Joshua Jarrin reported in that the Aconcagua Normal Route team is doing just fine, despite some winds and snow. They will be moving up on the mountain after completing some carries.

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May 16, 2013

Honeymoon on the Summit of Aconcagua

Guest bloggers Jason Ahlan and Caroline Le Jour share their incredible story of summing Aconcagua for their honeymoon! The 2012-2013 season was one of, if not the worst seasons on record on the mountain for bad weather, but this happy couple was lucky enough to find a good weather window and start off their marriage standing on the summit of a 22,841 foot peak! Congratulations to the both of them!

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February 27, 2013

Aconcagua Trip Report Part 3 - Team Weathers Storm

Here is Ian's final report for our early February Aconcagua Normal Route expedition. Thanks again to all of our fearless climbers that joined us on this trip, we can't wait to climb with you again!

"Tino and I had been watching the weather, utilizing three different sources every night the entire trip. Like a juggernaut, the storm was still approaching without any deviance. Now just three days from our projected summit attempt, and we feared the forecast accuracy to a great degree. [+] READ MORE