This is a complete 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. This work
features 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.