summited January 29, 2011
South America: Aconcagua (22,902'/6980m)
highest peak outside the Himalaya it is located in Argentina near the
border with Chile. It was first summited by Mathias Zurbriggen in 1897.
It is the highest mountain in South America at 22,902' and one of the
7 Summits. Most climbers fly into Santiago (Chile) or Mendoza (Argentina)
and take a bus to Puente del Inca for the normal route or to Penitentes
for the Polish Glacier, Polish Traverse and Vacas routes. It is not
part of the Andes mountain range but on an adjacent range thus stands
out prominently above the surrounding peaks. There are no central statistics
but about 3,500 climbers make a summit attempt each year with an estimated
30% success rate.
The second highest mountain in South America is Ojas del Salado also
in Argentina at 22,608'/6983m and is 370 miles north of Aconcagua in
the Andes range.
I have summited Aconcagua three times. You can read about my climbs
on these links: