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Jan 142011

Wow, capsule it seems like I just got home from Antarctica and I leave for Argentina tomorrow! This will be the second climb of The 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s: Memories are Everything. This time it is Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside the Himalaya at 22, 897′.

This video show how I am packing for the expedition’s three parts: trek, climb and summit. As always you can visit my gear page for specifics on brands.

I am climbing with International Mountain Guides. This is the tentative schedule but subject to change as always:

Jan 15 Depart the United States.
Day 02 Arrive in Santiago, fly to Mendoza, secure the permit and spend the rest of the day enjoying Mendoza and working a bit on individual gear. Hotel night included.
Day 03 Early departure for Los Penitentes. Day spent packing loads, resting and generally getting ready to start our approach.
Day 04 Drive to Punta del Vacas and begin approach march.
Day 05 Continue approach march.
Day 06 Reach base camp in the Guanacos Valley (13,000′).
Day 07 Rest day at base camp.
Day 08 Carry to Camp 1 (14,500′).
Day 09 Move to Camp 1.
Day 10 Carry to Camp II(17,800ft) via the Ameghino col and traverse to the Guanacos Helicopter camp (Guanacos route).
Day 11 Move to Camp II/Helicopter Camp(17,800ft).
Day 12 Carry to Camp III/High Camp(Piedras Blancas) at 19,500ft on the Guanacos route.
Day 13 Rest/acclimatization day at CampII(17,800ft)
Day 14 Move to High Camp(Piedras Blancas) at 19,500ft.
Jan 29 First Potential summit day. Spend night at High Camp after summit.
Jan 30 Contingency Summit Day
Jan 31 Contingency Summit Day
Day 18 Descend to Plaza de Mulas base camp(Normal Route) from High Camp
Day 19 Hike out from Plaza de Mulas base camp to Penitentes
Day 20 Drive from Penitentes to Mendoza and go out for a Celebration Dinner
Day 21 Fly from Mendoza, Argentina
Day 22 Arrive home

I will use the SPOT tracker to show my current location and track throughout the climb so check the tab “Alan’s Last Location” on the Bog to see my daily progress. Note that it requires direct line of sight with the satellite and sometimes does not transmit if we are in deep valleys. So as always, no news is good news. I will be sending dispatches throughout the climb, weather and technology willing! So check back on this blog. You can also sign up for notification of new dispatches through the box in the right sidebar.

Remember that you can donate $0.01 per foot I climb or $144 for Aconcagua.  All donations go directly to research and none to Alan or to companies supporting the climbs. All donations are tax deductible in the US and support Alzheimer’s research.

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Also, thanks to my supporters, Alzheimer’s Immunotherapy Program (AIP) of Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy and Pfizer Inc. Please visit out website for more on the campaign at

Climb On!


Memories are Everything

  22 Responses to “Aconcagua Climb Now Underway (video)”


    Good luck, Alan. Thanks for informational videos and your regular updates. I join those who climb with you in spirit and happily contribute a penny a foot to your worthy cause. Best wishes!


    Round 2!! Best of luck!


    Alan – Will be with you every step of the climb… In fact, just put me in your pack next to the kitchen sink… Climb On!


    all the way to the top Alan; great to be following you. Wish I were there! Be well!


    Rock it Alan.

    I am watching, and rooting you on!!!! GOOD LUCK!!! Hoping for great weather all the way to the top!


    Rock on Alan!!!!!!!!!
    Watching you man. Good luck!!!!


    On the plane for Santiago then Mendoza. Power outage at LAX created multiple hour delays. Looking forward to dealing with mountains! Next update from Argentina.


    I am excited to follow mountain #2 Alan. Loved the gear video and I will share it with my Kili team to give them a great visual about the whole packing process. Aconcagua was one of my favorites and I wish I was going again also. Climb safe! -Lori


      Thanks Lori. Maybe we will summit on a clear day and get a view of the ocean. Glad you enjoyed the video and all my wardrobe changes!


    Got it Clive – so no coat needed in Mendoza! After all is was only 102F yesterday …


    Remember it’s the southern hemisphere Alan and we do things our own way – like have summer in January. Take care.


    Safe hike and great adventure Alan!


    Hi Alan Good luck with the next big one – I have just hiked the Vacas Valley to Plaza Argentina Base Camp to give support to my son, Lance as he begins his second summit attempt of Mt Aconcagua. I am back in Mendoza staying at the Hyatt – Lance is presently at Camp 1. It would be amazing if we could meet for a quick drink (if you have the time) as I am one of your biggest fans and follow your website all the time!

    Kindest regards

    Vivienne Metz


    Alan thanks for the informative video. Im following you …and ….both of our mom’s are in Heaven watching each of your steps and guiding you safely.


    Enjoy the whole trip Alan. I understand the approach (meeting all the people etc.) is equally interesting.


    Good luck Alan! I’m sure you’ll have an incredible trip!

    Exceed Possibility


    Go get ’em Alan!


    Thanks Debbie for all your support for my Alzheimer’s projects. You have been there from day 1.


    Have a great climb and I look forward to reading and hearing the reports. Thanks for the video!


    Alan, have a great climb and comeback safely!


    Godspeed Alan! I will be cheering you on from Vail!


    Good luck and have a great adventure.

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