Feet : 22840, Meters : 6962, Location : Argentina, South America
The highest point in America and the 2nd highest of the seven summits,
Mount Aconcagua is located in the Andes mountain range. Being one of the highest non-technical mountains, it is comparatively an easier climb, but only with the right approach. The most important challenge that Aconcagua poses is its extremely cold weather conditions. If not anything else, that’s enough to drain out your enthusiasm…which in a mountaineer’s dictionary reads ‘bad enough’.The expedition set off on 16th Jan 2011 and stretched a whole 3 weeks before i could cherish the amazing view of the Andes range.
Accompanied by other climbers from Dubai, Kuwait and Palestine, this was yet another memorable experience. Though considered to be technically easier, I consider it as one of the most challenging climbs I’d undertaken till then…only due to the huge storm that made it almost impossible to either move forward or to return.
The storm attack on summit day was over 60 kmph and a complete whiteout session. Our visibility was close to zero and I felt the day was working extra hard to swiftly turn to night. It was like being blinded by all the whiteness. More than anything else, it was this struggle that I endured that gave the climb a special sense of pride and cheer.