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Jan 202011
 
Audio Dispatch from Aconcagua

This is the latest audio dispatch live from South America's Aconcagua; the second of Alan's 7 Summits climbs. These climbs are to raise Alzheimer's awareness and $1M for research. Please donate today to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund at http://www.curealzfund.org/ where 100% of your donation goes to Alzheimer's research. Climb On! Alan Memories are Everything

Jan 182011
 
Leaving Civilization for Aconcagua

We received our Aconcagua permits this morning and took the four hour mini bus ride from Mendoza to Penitentes. It is now about 7:00 PM still a bit early for dinner. We spent the late afternoon weighing and tagging our bags. We have paired up and share one duffel for the trek to base camp and another for base camp and above. But the key is they have to weigh less than 30kg or 66lbs per duffel. You see the mules are cranky if they weigh more! Well, store no problem, I am sharing with Dave and we came in continue reading

Jan 162011
 
First View of Aconcagua - snowy and tall

Usually my first view of Aconcagua is from the trail on day two. But today, hospital I had a perfect vantage point from the air. Just as the dinging stopped, signaling our approach into Mendoza, I glanced out the window on the left side of the Airbus; and there she was. Aconcagua, standing strong and clearly the highest peak in the range. But it was totally snow covered, not something I had expected. Arriving at the Mendoza airport, I met up with our two IMG guides, Peter and Josh plus one teammate, Simon. The others will arrive tomorrow. We loaded continue reading

Jan 142011
 
Aconcagua Climb Now Underway (video)

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 continue reading

Jan 012011
 
Preparing For Aconcagua: Gear and Training

Having been home from my successful Vinson summit a few weeks now, my attention has shifted from reflection to planning. The next climb is Aconcagua in mid January. There are two major activities at this point: gear review and continued training. This will be the second climb in The 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s: Memories are Everything. Of note, this one has the second highest vertical gain of all the climbs at 14,377 foot gain second only to Everest. First a bit on Aconcagua. It is both well-known and unknown at the same time. The primary claim to fame is continue reading