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. There are no central statistics but about 3,500
climbers make a summit attempt each year with an estimated 30%
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: