Aconcagua and the Southern Andes: Highest Trek in the World (2nd Revised edition)
By: Jim Ryan (author)Paperback
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Definitive guidebook to climbing Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America. At 6962m, Aconcagua is the highest peak outside the Himalayas and is accessible to both trekkers and mountaineers. Route descriptions up the Normal and Polish Glacier routes, plus trekking routes in the Argentinian and Chilean southern Andes and the Maipo Volcano. Outstanding maps and photographs. The guide provides all the practical information on getting to South America, using time in Santiago and Mendoza (en route to the mountains) to prepare, and travel into the mountains. It also covers preparation for high altitude mountaineering - equipment, altitude and acclimatisation. In addition it provides strategies for the ascent, including preparations, food and water, whether to have a guide or not, mules and muleteers, and staying healthy. Finally, the author provides background information to help you gain the most from your experience - on the exploration and discovery of the mountain and the surrounding region, its geology, wildlife and flora, the people and local culture.
An engineer by profession, Jim Ryan has travelled, and written extensively, on some of the great walks of the world, in Nepal, Lesotho, Tanzania and on the island of Reunion. Aconcagua and the region around it made a great impression on him on his first expedition there almost 10 years ago.
List of maps and illustrations Foreword by Sebastian Tetilla Preface INTRODUCTION Two trekking routes Location Geology Topography Wildlife History Climbing history Trekker/climber profiles Weather Getting there Preparations Acclimatisation Guides and mules PART 1 THE ASCENT OF ACONCAGUA Mendoza to Puente del Inca Mendoza Changing money and paying for things Buying provisions The road to Puente del Inca Mendoza-Santiago disused railway Los Penitentes Puente del Inca Routes to the Summit The Normal route The Vacas Valley route Summit day The long walk out Other routes PART 2 ACONCAGUA, VALLECITOS AND THE MAIPO VOLCANO Routes near Aconcagua Puente del Inca and Los Penitentes A walk to the statue of Cristo Redentor Horcones Valley to Plaza Francia Routes from Vallecitos Vallecitos Ski and Mountain Lodge Lomas Blancas 3850m Cerro Vallecitos 5770m The Maipo Volcano PART 3 TUPUNGATO AREA Tupungato The Andes' Great Mountain Tupungato routes The Route via Chile and Rio Colorado Tupungato Provincial Park Wilderness trek to Friar's Col PART 4 SANTIAGO AREA Santiago Santiago City In and around Santiago Routes near Santiago El Morado valley La Campana national park El Plomo 5430m Provincia and San Roman Appendix 1 Maps, guidebooks and further reading Appendix 2 Guides and mountain services Appendix 3 Accommodation and local facilities Appendix 4 South American cuisine Appendix 5 Spanish-English language notes Index
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2nd Revised edition
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