Aconcagua and the Southern Andes

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Cicerone Press Limited, Apr 23, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 160 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

INDEX OF MAPS AND ILLUSTRATIONS
7
FOREWORD
13
PREFACE
15
INTRODUCTION
17
PART 1 THE ASCENT OF ACONCAGUA
58
PART 2 ACONCAGUA VALLECITOS AND THE MAIPO VOLCANO
92
PART 3 TUPUNGATO AREA
106
PART 4 SANTIAGO AREA
120
MAPS GUIDEBOOKS AND FURTHER READING
135
GUIDES AND MOUNTAIN SERVICES
136
ACCOMMODATION AND LOCAL FACILITIES
137
SOUTH AMERICAN CUISINE
148
SPANISHENGLISH LANGUAGE NOTES
151
NOTES
155
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About the author (2012)

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.

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