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Aconcagua (22,841') - December 2005

At 22,841 feet, Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas.  It is located in Argentina near the Chilean Border in the Andes mountain range.  Here are some photos from my climbing expedition in December 2005.

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Aconcagua

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Dec 4th - On our way to Confluencia.

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Dec 6 - Looking back at Confluencia on the way to Plaza del Mulas.

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Plaza del Mulas base camp (14,000')

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Dec 9 - Move to Camp Canada

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Dec 10 - Carry to Camp Nido, with Camp Canada below.

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Dec 13 - Carry gear to Camp Calero.

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View of the Andes from Camp Calero.

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Dec 15 - Summit day. It took 10 hours to reach the summit.

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The Canaleta is comprised of loose scree and is the crux of the climb, rising 1200' to the summit.

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My climbing partner Eileen.

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Hike to Plaza del Mulas through the Horcones Valley

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Dec 8 - Carrying gear to Camp Canada, with Plaza del Mulas below.

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Camp Canada (15,300')

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Dec 11 - Move to Camp Nido (17,600)

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Camp Calero (Lower White Rocks - 19,200')

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View of the Andes from Camp Calero.

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Taking a break at Independencia Hut (21,000')

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Swedish team on the summit.

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View from the summit towards the southwest, with the Canaleta on the right.

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Confluencia Base Camp (10,000')

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There are several river crossing on the way to Plaza del Mulas.

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Sunset on Aconcagua from Plaza del Mulas

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Trail leading to Camp Nido after light snowfall

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Dec 12 - Rest day. The summit from Camp Nido.

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Dec 14 - Move to Camp Calero. (Jim and Tom)

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View of the Andes from Camp Calero.

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The Gran Acarreo traverses the west side of the summit.

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On top of the world...! WooHoo!

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