We had a mellow time in Mendoza then hit the trail
Warm, but balanced by nice evenings
The trek in is all about panoramas
Aconcagua from Casa de Piedra
Day 3 of trekking, getting closer to our goal
Ken Lofhelm proves he is Australian
In the high country everything is close to the groud, the winds can be severe
Nearing the unseen Plaza Argentina
Breakfast at Plaza Argentina base camp, where we are catered for
Another colourful sunset
Returning to Plaza Argentina after a load carry, we meet Rima Oken
Sunset from Camp 1, high wind clouds though, unfortunately
We set up Camp 1, the Mountain Hardwear EV3 tents are light and strong, and enough room for two relatively comfortably
Load carrying to Guanacos Camp, our C2
The trail to Guanacos Camp is not all climbing
Malcolm; the weather is colder
But wine with dinner brings a smile
Another high wind sunset
And this is why we returned to BC after setting up C2 - STRONG winds. We will wait them out, unlike the Argentinean-led teams
After some waiting we head back to Camp 1
And this is Guanacos Camp, our C2, we head up to catch the summit window, but also acclimatize carefully en route
Tom admires the sunset
Tom and myself explore to the real Camp 2
The real Camp 2 is a barren, high camp used by teams climbing the Polish Glacier
Looks like ice cream, tastes like ice cream, even if it is filled with air
Tom; we share the cooking, out of the wind but with ventilation
Camp Colera at nearly 6000m, our C3, finally.
From Camp Colera looking back to towards the Guanacos Camp and where we have come from
Summit time, and that classic Aconcagua shadow sunrise; Malcolm and Ken breathing hard
Malcolm and Ken rising above
Tom with cold feet, which we eventually overcame. His boots (and my La Sportiva Nepal Tops) were great for the rest of the mountain, but not warm enough for the summit push
Starting the Canaleta; Ken turned back just prior, satified and not wanting to push too hard
The thin but good Canaleta trail
Still climbing the Canaleta
Resting, refueling at the "Cave", where there is now some welcome emergency equipment; Latoro on the left, doctors on the right
From the "Cave" the terrain is steeper but the views just get better!
The last section to the summit
Jamie McGuinness on top of the Andes with Andes beer!
The same Aconcagua summit panorama, uncropped
An Aconcagua summit panorama, looking roughly north
Tom Cowpak on top of Aconcagua!
Tom and Malcolm; Malcolm pushed himself hard! Congratulations!
Other friends on top, some Inka Plaza Argentina staff
Let's get out of here - heading down just below Camp Colera on the standard route
Climbing the standard route looks fun?
At last, reaching the Plaza de Mulas base camp
Lets get rid of those toilet bags!
The colourful trek out, going light; the rest of the gear is carried by mules
Tom Cowpak leaps
Oh, those panoramas; climbers head in to Plaza de Mulas
At the Horcones park entrance/exit, Aconcagua just visible behind
Ken Lofhelm, Malcolm Nicholson, Tom Cowpak and Jamie McGuinness deserve a beer!