A Month on Aconcagua: We spent several days in Mendoza enjoying steaks and wine while we gathered supplies and permits before departing on our journey. We took several days to trek into base camp and to acclimate before attempting the upper mountain. Storms and high winds would hamper our attempt at the summit, shutting the upper mountain down for many days. We eventually made it to our high camp two, but only to be trapped for 6 days in high winds and ending our summit bid and the expedition. The team departed the mountain, but Jorge stayed behind and him and I made a light and fast second attempt shooting for a narrow weather window. We bypassed camps to get into position and on the 28th of January we made our attack. We had an unexpected snow, and the temps were near -40 Below. Winds on the ridge blasted us, but just hours below the summit the winds stopped, and under a clear sunny sky we climbed up onto the highest point in all of the America's and planted the flag bearing the names of the Warrior's we have lost to the Silent Wounds of War. Dedicated to bringing awareness, solution and remembering the almost 8000 veteran suicides each year. Semper Fi.
In Route to Houston
Cerro Aconcagua is not only the Highest Mountain in South America, at 6962 meters/22,841 feet it is the highest in mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas! Located in the Andes Mountain Range between Chili and Western Argentina. Even though the route we will be taking is relatively straight forward, we will take several days establishing higher and higher camps to properly acclimate before pushing for the summit.