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Ascent of Aconcagua on 1998-12-31

Climber: Erik Esseen

Others in Party:Stefan Jonsson
Barbro Karlsson
Arne Nordin
Carl Wiström
Date:Thursday, December 31, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Aconcagua
    Location:Argentina
    Elevation:6961 m / 22841 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Successful expedition with four friends from Östersund, Sweden - Barbro, Carl, Arne and Stefan.
My first climb to higher altitude. Felt fine. Great weather conditions. Proper acclimatization allowing ourselves plenty of time.
Used the mules to carry gear in and out from base camp. Still, had some 25kg daily on our backs up the mountain except on summit day.

See pic @ http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e3/Aconcagua_route_1a.jpg
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4819 m / 15819 ft
    Extra Gain:299 m / 984 ft
    Route:Standard
    Trailhead:Puente del Inca  2740 m / 8990 ft
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Pack Animals, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:18 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Very dry. Strong sun.
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:17 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Days 



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