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Aconcagua 4 of 4: Trek Out and Wrap Up

In 2. Aconcagua, South America, Project 7in4 by Steve0 Comments

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…. Sitting in Aconcagua Base Camp Sunday night enjoying a nice BBQ after our successful summit we faced a dilemma….we were over a week ahead of schedule, what should we do with our spare time? With a speed record attempt you’d normally want to just keep pushing ahead as fast as possible, but unfortunately we can’t. There are …

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Aconcagua 2 of 4: Acclimatisation

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Why Waste Time Acclimatising? Since arriving at Aconcagua Base Camp (Plaza de Mulas) last Tuesday, we’ve spent the past few days acclimatizing. But why do we need to acclimatise? At 6962m, Aconcagua is the 2nd highest mountain out of the 7 Summits and the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas. It is not an overly technical climb …

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Vinson 7 of 7: Departing The Ice

In 1. Vinson, Antarctica, Project 7in4 by Steve0 Comments

A Cold Descent to Base Camp After summiting Vinson on Tuesday we descended and stayed at High Camp overnight. That night was probably the coldest I had been the entire trip. Even wrapped up in my -40degC sleeping bag I was shivering nonstop. For some reason I just couldn’t warm up. At some point during the night, frustrated at not …

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Vinson 6 of 7: Summit Day

In 1. Vinson, Antarctica, Project 7in4 by Steve0 Comments

Trying To Delay The Summit It’s counterintuitive when doing a speed record attempt but I’ve actually been trying to delay our summit attempt on Vinson. We could have gone yesterday and possibly even the day before but I’ve been actively trying to encourage our team to wait. Fortunately the weather has been playing into my hands with forecasts predicting improving …

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Vinson 5 of 7: Side Trip to Mt Shinn

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A Good Way To Spend A Rest Day Today was planned to be a rest / acclimatisation day at High Camp. Thankfully one of our guides agreed to take myself and one other guy from our group on a side trip across to Mt Shinn. The views from High Camp are spectacular but it’s not the sort of place you …

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Vinson 4 of 7: Low Camp to High Camp

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Getting Higher. Getting Colder. Today we climbed from Low Camp to High Camp. The route started out once more along the Branscomb Glacier. Relatively flat easy walking for the first hour. From there we headed up a steepish ridge, approx. 40 to 45deg to a plateau at High Camp. It was pretty easy climbing with hard packed snow underfoot. There …