Aconcagua Trip Report (#17378)

  • Signed By: William Marler of Montreal, Qc, Canada
  • Date submitted: May 12, 2002
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I was on two expeditions this climbing season. One in early December which was very cold especially at camp 2. The wind threatened to drive us off the mountain on our first summit attempt. The cold and an absessed tooth drove us down eventually. Wisdom ... well go to your dentist before going to altitude. Why waste all the effort and money for a tooth problem. Also December is very cold. As for the trip in January 2000 the weather cooperated and we got 5 to the summit on the polish traverse. Summit day marred by the deaths of 4 Argentine friends on the Polish. We built a monument at camp two under the polish glacier. After 14 trips to the mountain I can't stress a good equipment check enough. Even after checking my gear I had crampon problems on summit day. It helped cost me the summit this year. I got just cold enough fixing them at Independencia that I was chilled to the core. I'll be back in 2 years. Cheers William Marler

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