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Professional Aconcagua Documentary – very detailed with gear list

Professional Aconcagua Documentary – very detailed with gear list


Aconcagua Seven Guys 20 days expedition supported by INKA Expediciones Guides Javier Gutierrez and Mariana Busaniche Day 1 – First meeting with Guides & Team in Hotel Diplomatic Equipment check by Guides Rent of missing equipment at Chamonix Outdoor Equipment Day 2 – Acquisition of permit and drive to Penitentes Acquisition of permit at Aconcagua Provincial Park’s visitors center Last formalities at INKA office and good bye Mendoza 4,5h drive incl. lunch break Arrival in Penitentes & preparation of gear for Mule transport We have separated the loads We have on the bags on the left side which will go by mule transport to Confluencia and on the right hand side the bags for the base camp Briefing together with another INKA group Last night in proper bed Day 3 – Check-in at Aconcagua Provincial Park and start tracking 10mins ride to the Aconcagua Park entrance The s**it bags… Arrival in Confluencia Camp after 3,5h Tasty and high caloric reception in each camp Our beds for the first two nights Day 4 – Acclimatization walk to Aconcagua south wall viewpoint Stone avalanche Arrival at south wall viewpoint 3:40h Day 5 – To the Base Camp – 2nd longest day of expedition All right, let’s go! Heading to Plaza de Mulas an 18km walk starting at 7:00 in the morning Priceless relaxation… First look at the Base Camp… Still 2,5h to go Guys! Look at this! Isn’t luck? Lucky me! Is that my summit ticket? We will see! Guys, here we are! After a 8:40h hike and 900m vertical meters we have arrived at Aconcagua Base Camp The second largest base camp after the Everest Base Camp Look at this! Day 6 – Base camp life – rest day Rest Day in Plaza de Mulas 7:00 in the morning WTF Rest Day? Wake-up call The daily wash – ice cold… …and pretty cool Solar powered hot shower 1st one included – each next shower 15 USD 20 liters of hot water for 30mins drinking water comes from glacier Tons of food… …converted by best chefs … …into three delicious dishes every day The highest art gallery in the world Schmetterling – INSIDER JOCKE The guides check blood oxygen saturation and pulse regularly As long other symptoms of acute mountain sickness don’t occur this value is OK Milky way – 30sek exposure time Day 7+8 – Mount Bonete – Acclimatization hike + Rest day We are on our way since 1,5h to Mount Bonete at 5.000m this is our acclimatization hike today A last rest at 4.900m Arrival at Mount Bonete summit after 4:15h Feels like we would need a cappuccino, right? 5.000m and look how small the base camp is over there Day 9 – Load carry to High Camp 1 (Canadá) 15kg (Jackpot!) Finally we start We carry gear to first high camp today I have 20kg on my back Just 46mins into the hike and 200m above the base camp level Beautiful weather, no wind Everybody is doing great Watching all the videos on YouTube before the expedition I was wandering how it would be to climb without the hiking poles At least for me it works quite well on that piece to camp 1 The 20kg give me a good grip actually The last meters were tough… …but here we are in Canada – Camp 1 Arrival after 2:55h We are just about to store our food for the next couple of days until the summit White gas Everything is being secured with stones Return to Base Camp after 5:20h Just another rest day Day 10 – Base camp life – rest day UNO – the base camp game – kept us busy for hours Tent set up training Briefing regarding life in high camps and summit day Everybody carries 4,5kg of common food and white gas and some… In addition everybody packs individual breakfast and lunchboxes HE HATES IT! Hmmm, I LOVE it ! Looking forward to eat TASTY porridge every morning! Lunch box for a 9h summit push… Cereal bar Chocolate bar Waffle bar Some Candies Cookie Popcorn This is for summit day 3rd (final) medical checks prior ascent Hello, how are you? Are you feeling good? Very good The wold famous barbecue! I saw it on Facebook. That’s why I am here! Thank you! Out of 7 only 6 mountaineers remained Day 11 – Good bye Base camp – move to High Camp 1 (Canadá) We will be wearing the double boots only from now on We are leaving the base camp… …and will only come back after we have been up there Same way as 2 days ago, but a little more wind Arrival after 3:39h One more thing! Here at the edge of the camp we have the toilet tent… …now we get the briefing how to use it Mariana did not want to have the camera but… …well… this is the most important part of the expedition 🙂 Is this the one time use bag, or we have to reuse it? No, no. Only for one time! It’s a team bag! OH MY GOD! LITERALLY: I will not give a piece of sh*t! Day 12 – Move to High Camp 2 (Nido de Cóndores) A break on the way to Camp 2 and an interesting phenomenon in my shoe it’s annoying like a stone but it’s ice let me show it to you here… ice has just appeared water is condensed and became ice underneath the primaloft trousers Arrival in Nido de Cóndores after 3:18h The Condor – our host for 2 nights The guides melt snow for drinking water Day 13 – 4th and last rest day of expedition 4th and last rest day of expedition The rest our bodies need for acclimatization The weather forecast for summit push is SURPRISE First Pizza above 5.000m Hej, that’s my pizza! Thank you! Sooo good! Yummy, Yummy, Yummy! Out of 7 only 5 mountaineers remained Day 14 – Move to High Camp 3 (Cólera) and those 5 will move from camp 2 to camp 3 The move to camp 3 proves to be steep … and slow Down there – 200m blow us you can see camp 2 A small break after 1:25mins The second half on the way to camp 3 appears easier to me but still very demanding Here are the old shelters Camp Berlin Not in use at the moment Still 20mins to go and behind this rock up there we will find the camp 3 The last bit to before camp 3 is secured by a fixed rope Today we don’t need crampons because the snow has melted Despite the rope the last piece is freaking exhausting The pump is running full speed Camp 3 – AWESOME! 6.000m Congratulations guys! New personal altitude record Only Anders has reached 6.088m in Bolivia before Thank you for your support Congrats! GOOD JOB! What a reception at 6.000m Does it taste even better than usually? Hi There, we have into our accommodation at 6.000m It is not only the highest point we have ever reached but it is the highest bad for the next 2 days – All inclusive Freddy, doesn’t it sound well? Yes, absolutely – I love it. Well, sleeping long is not an option because we need to start the summit push at 5 in the morning But that’s why we are here and we can’t wait Day 15 – Summit Push – the hardest day… Wake-up call at 03:30 Good morning Aconcagua It’s shortly after 4 in the morning and we are getting ready for you We will be with you soon Let’s get dressed and go All right, thank you for waiting Do you have sunglasses of goggles? Water? Food? Crampons? Everybody has crampons? Yes…… Yes…. Yes…. OK guys, we will start slowly we have a long day, OK Is this the hardest day? The hardest, sure! Good luck! SLOW MOTION 10 minutes later – REAL TIME According to our guides an extraordinary warm night! First break after 1,5h tracking through the darkness GPS recording replay We can switch off the head lamps soon 2,5h hours on the way – 200m climb accomplished GPS recording replay 40mins break We have to pun on the crampons here Up there on the ridge we will need the crampons The small ice patch was smaller than expected but we left the crampons on because there will be another snow patch soon and it would be not so comfortable to put them on over there Walking with crampons on over scree stresses the material for sure but works surprisingly well After 4:10h we reach the snow patch which you can see well from Camp 2 From Camp 2 it looks like a horizontal line in snow but in reality it is very steep GPS recording replay Down there you can see Camp 2 and here is the snow patch which is much steeper than it looks from down there Up there you can see the entrance to famous Canaleta already This last piece has been my toughest so far GPS recording replay This is the famous Canaleta entrance So lets have a look how it looks inside Yes, the Canaleta is really tough Have a look Well still some 2h final spurt – funny, ha, ha! The summit on the left and still a long way to go These are the famous loose rocks One step forward and almost two back This is Canaleta seen from top Almost accomplished Still one hour until summit We are so close and yet so far away Unbelievable, almost there Just 10m climb ahead of us Congratulations Thank you! Great! I have managed it! Aconcagua summit! Here we are – Top of Aconcagua After 8h and 24minutes LACK OF OXYGEN! We got there only after 9h 24min GPS recording replay THEY HAVE MADE IT POSSIBLE GRACIAS Mariana & Javier Anders – Denmark It’s been wild, see you all down there Robert – Switzerland I have been here as well Freddy – Germany Matthew – USA Peter – Germany Aconcagua, I have made it Big thank you to my family who made it possible We spent 55 minutes on the summit The descent to Camp 3 (Cólera) took us 4:01h Now we really did it Healthy back in Camp – Congratulations Same to you, you did very well Back in Camp 3 after 14 hours and 20 minutes Day 16 – Descent to base camp & celebration After 2:40h we are reaching Plaza de Mulas Ha, ha, well done! Thank you for being here – Great! You’re welcome. I have been enjoying and relaxing Eating with the staff and everything Good job, well done, congratulations Thank you, Cheers Ice cold Coke as welcome after arrival… …and the official celebration with champagne after dinner Yeah! Open it! When we hit the window, we’ll get an extra bottle 1st attempt 2nd attempt Here you have your extra bottle Firstly I want to mention the great staff here in Plaza de Mulas They have a hard job They are really really passionate about their job I want to say thank you! For us as a team it was a great expedition Sometimes we have a lot of work. But this one was less work Because you are a fun group Mariana and me we had 12 or 14 funny days Thank you very much Cheers! ¡Salud! Maybe it’s time to say something also from our side I think what we have experienced within the past 14-15-16 days is that all the people that came and came as different people is now a group and we have our jokes and we grow together besides this you two and the team here as well had a great part that we grouped together as a group and therefore we wanna than you very much You as guides I think you did much more that what we expected – Honestly! Small things like: “Do you wanna have you want to have some water or Tang” We want to give you something as a thank you For you guides but also to the group here, the team here we also think about you and we also want to give you something But this is from our side only a brief attempt As a big thank you! Time to go home NO HELICOPTER! Let’s do it the hard way Day 17 – A last long walk… The last breakfast is over We clear the base camp Bye bye Plaza de Mulas! 25km tracking ahead… Oh my good! Seriously? Robert fell and got a small stone under the skin The 25km back to Aconcagua Park entrance took us 6:51mins THAT’S IT? NO! ONE MORE THING THANK YOU! Now the whole truth about base camp life Ok, we are now in base camp Plaza de Mulas arrived yesterday – after a………. SHORT walk! 8 hours, 45 minutes … and almost no elevation … Almost 900 meters climb … really eeeeasy well, at least noone puked Today, we received orders to relax – I pass on to Peter well – not really – we have to drink – and pee and what else? Eat, eat, eat…. drink, drink, drink…. pee, pee, pee…. relax Oh, what a beautiful view! Freddy slightly in the shadow, but these mountains! Here we eat and drink, but for peeing we go out Jep, that’s the plan for today The End

Comments (100)

  1. Subtitles plz 🙁 i can traslate ones to spanish.

  2. Well done Peter! This video is really an eye opener.

  3. Excellent documentary of Aconcagua ascent really well done…..

  4. Hi ! I will go with Inka too… I am having troubles to decide about the clothes, could you help me? Witch models did you chose ?

  5. Great video, best out there of Aconcagua! Thank you 🙂

    Quick question, what happened to the two mountaineers who were unable to summit?

  6. What is the cost of such a well-supplied trip with so many amenities?

  7. Argentinians are really nice people.

  8. Thanks for your video, Peter. Super entertaining!

    In 2016 I climbed Mount Fuji twice and also trekked the Annapurna Circuit and to Everest Base Camp. I am taking a shot at Aconcagua in February 2018 and my big dream right now is to climb an 8000m peak one day – probably Cho Oyu or Manaslu.

    When it comes to packing, was there anything you wish you had brought with you or left behind?

    All the best from Sydney, Australia!

  9. Very good job with this video! Thanks a lot and congratulations for making it to the top. I wish you climbed more mountains such as Denali and Everest because I would like to check such videos before I do those climbs.

  10. cómo se llama la aplicación que usan para que se vea el ascenso en 3d?

  11. The mules do most of the work. I don’t call this « climbing Acocangua »

  12. excelente documental! y felicitaciones!

  13. very nice amateur video with oddly chosen sound effects

  14. Congratulations. What camera do you use?

  15. Botas nuevas huuuu esos pies… Hay que awacharlas antes 😉

  16. Felicitaciones. Muy buen trabajo. Congratulation. Greate work.

  17. Hi! Nice video, with a lot of information and really funny.
    With my son we want to climb Aconcagua on next year. I have a question.
    Do you have the GPS recording? And if you do, it is possible for you to send it to me? Any means would be great and I´d appreciate it!

  18. Great Video! The following Link shows you the most famous mountain on earth: The Matterhorn in Switzerland with typical Swiss music! Enjoy it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ltua5oKbPmY&t=5s

  19. stupid music score, couldnt finish watching it 🙁

  20. I loved your video so much.. it felt like I was part of that expedition. one day I'll summit Aconcagua inshallah. .. I'm wondering how much the expedition costs you?

  21. Bit of advice brother…leave it RAW. Music destroys ANY footage.

  22. This is absolutely the best Aconcagua video I've seen, congratulations. It is very useful for me as I depart for Argentina on Friday and start my attempt on Tuesday. One question about the climbing fee – can you pay by credit card or must it be by cash?

  23. Hello friends!! How good the video. I loved it!!
    I have a question. How much was the cost of the expedition / adventure?
    I'm interested to do it. Thanks again for sharing the video. greetings to all!!

  24. amazing video, very good editing. Im from Córdoba, Argentina. i´ve been on the base camp of aconcagua (plaza de mulas) with a group of friends. It was my first "real" experience on hiking/mount climbing.
    3 months prior to the "excursion" i started training harder on the gym (more aerobics, cardio, etc) and doing 4 climbs to champaquí mountain (the highest mountain on my province, around 3000m). I though it was going to be easy. I was very wrong hahaha. I arrived there with my last breath hahaha.
    That was on 22 of december of last year (for my birthday). Now im training very hard for january next year, when i will try to reach the summit. Im a big guy, 1,86m and 86kg, so… my legs and lungs have to be up to task.

  25. Hi, great video; very useful. Looks pretty cold up there. Can you please tell me the name of the local company you used? They looked quite professional and prepared.

  26. Vielen Dank, für das tolle Video!!

  27. Do you still need to bring the stuff like tents sleeping bag on the assault to summit? or leave it at the camp?

  28. What an amazing video guys…. I've really enjoyed watching it. I wish to do it one day in my life.

    I have a question. How much money did you spend for the whole experience from the first entrance?

  29. Parabéns pela grande aventura, ótimo vídeo

  30. This is an awesome doc. Great job and congrats!!!!! I want to experience this first hand.

  31. El nombre suena como anime xd ACONCAGUA

  32. I just uploaded my own Aconcagua video here on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH-LTncszN0) and I felt this is the right moment to say 'Thank you' again. Your video is truly amazing, extremely informative, and really helped us when we planned, prepared, and packed for the mountain! And as you can see with your thousands of views, many thousands would agree with me! Even though I am sure at least 1000 views just came from me and my climbing partner! 😉

    Just for your information, because that was one of the questions I asked you at some point last year: we ended up doing the 360 Route with Aconcagua Vision. They were recommended to us by a friend and I must say I was EXTREMELY happy with them. Really felt like they were the best on the mountain, but that is obviously always hard to judge given that you only experience your own operator. But would definitely recommend.

    Cheers and all the best on your future climbs, I hope more inspirational videos like this are coming!

  33. Parabéns pela expedição!!! O vídeo ficou muito bom!!!

  34. Hi Peter, could i know with what agency did you go? thanks. Great video at all!

  35. Its incredible!!!!!!! Mission acomplished. Congrats for the team!!!!! Worderful experience!!!!!!!

  36. Es ist ein fantastiches Video !!! Grüsse aus Mendoza!!

  37. Just great, thanks!

  38. Great video!!! Love it

  39. Nice vid and from my personal experience summiting some of the lower mountains in the area, you had really good weather. Normally one can expect much harsher climate.
    If conditions were like in the video I'd even do an attempt at sky running it in trail running shoes from camp Canada (high camp 1). Of course that isn't anything a tourist can accomplish, only those that are fortunate enough to live here and run these mountains every week.
    Good job por hacer cumbre and for the really well-made video.

    For those wondering: On video it always looks a lot less steep than it really is, this is by no means easy.

  40. Great video, thanks. I did Everest Base Camp in 2017, 8 days up and 3 days back but this looks very daunting and seems like you need to be superfit. Did the guys who dropped out do so because of AMS or some other reason? Going to do Kilimanjaro in January 2019 and if I make that short trek, I will plan for Aconcagua so this video was a valuable reality check between a trek and a climb.

  41. I wasn't sure if this expedition would be one that I'm interested in, but after watching this, it's on the list.

  42. Argentina…simply outstanding…

  43. Man you kept up the great cinematography even you were exhausted! Nice job.

  44. Interessantes Video. Technisch eher ein unschwieriger Berg aber die Höhe und Kälte machen zu schaffen oder? Auf der Höhe hat man bestimmt schon die ein oder anderen Kopfschmerzen? Mein höchster Berg war eine Wanderung auf 3.500 . Da war die Höhe noch kein Problem

  45. Thank you for all this advices. That is a good sharing of Mountain experience, very helpful. How much it cost only with local good companies you're talking about in comments please ?

  46. WELL DONE I WISH SOME DAY ACOMPLISHED THIS AMAZING JOURNY Great video. Probably the most deatiled video about the climbing to Aconcagua

  47. I'm going this Nov / Dec 2018 .

  48. This would be the group I want to climb w/ ! Looked like a blast! Congrats& glad ya had a safe trip!

  49. the best videos about aconcagua, i mean THE BEST VIDEO

  50. Wow pizza i guess you are what you eat.

  51. Great vid thanks! Doing this in December 2018… this is the best vid I've seen documenting the hiking etc. Cheers. We're going with Inka too and it seems like they did well with you.

  52. Congratulations!!! And thanks for sharing your experience! What’s the local guide company name, please???

  53. no kidding! dont you love how nice all the guides and porters are? i wish i could pay them back in a bigger way than money.

  54. Well done! Enjoyed your video, great summary of the journey.

  55. I would never have thought you would have had bare ground all the way to the summit! It looks as though the crampons were almost a waste of time, given how little snow there was.

  56. Besti video of aconcagua, nice features!!!

  57. Very nice video! What month it was?

  58. Basically a steep trek – no real climbing. If someone wants this sort of experience then a better choice would be Pumori in the Himalaya. It's very close to Everest and it's just over 7000m, so only a little higher than Aconcagua. It costs about the same, and the views of the trio of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are awesome (not to mention the rest of the giant mountais in that area). AND — though it's definitely not a technical climb, in some sections you'll actually NEED crampons and ropes. If that sounds like it's something for you then punch in PUMORI CLIMB on Google for all the info and climbing videeos. Hope this is of interest to somebody. P.S. I was there in 2003 for my 50th birthday – that's 15 yeears ago now but I can still see the fantastic scenery in my mind. Like no other mountains ANYWHERE.

  59. Amazing documentary! Really interesting and congratulations on reaching the summit. Maybe one day I will try it

  60. Great film! Thanks for sharing your awesome adventure with us.

  61. Don't be fooled by "basically it's a steep trek". This is true but Aconcagua is a serious mountain. If you look after yourself, take it seriously, acclimatise and eat and drink well, you'll give yourself a good chance. But don't be surprised if some of your companions don't make it. It's a tough journey and altitude sickness is a real risk. Yes I have done it. Those solar-powered showers weren't there when we went 16 years ago!

  62. Very little snow in this vid. We had far more, not as many folks about then, did summit day from lower down, not much rest on top. This looks well organised, well supplied, good acclimatisation and the medical checks look reassuring too. It's a big deal, not at all easy, and those who make it can feel a real sense of achievement. Great video, well done.

  63. looks awesome! it definitely on my to do list

  64. This is the second video I have seen of Inka on Aconcagua and they seem like they run a highly skilled and professional business. I am hoping to climb sometime in 2020, and I'd like to climb with a local guide company to support local economy, my only concern is international logistics considering I'm coming from the states. How were they at communicating during the planning process? Would you recommend them?

  65. Please someone call me ignorant if I am with what I’m about to say but this doesn’t look all that tough or am I missing something? Seems like if you are in good cardiovascular shape and plan out the acclimation properly, should be doable for a beginner. Again if I’m missing something please tell me. Also this is an awesome video, don’t take what I’m saying as a shot at them.

  66. WOW! AMAZING thanks ! Drinking some ALAMOS MALBEC VINO!

  67. So nice you recognize the guides Work congatulations

  68. Hello there were planning to climb this mountain can you give us the break down of expenses. Thank you.

  69. Truly amazing video. Thank you very much for making and sharing it with us and congratulations!

  70. Jakich butów używaliście i czy marzły wam w nich stopy w wyższych partiach? Czy jakieś elementy wyposażenia sie nie sprawdziły?

  71. Great video! Can you tell me the name of the guide service you used?

  72. hahaha, do you really need to shave?

  73. Thanks for great and useful video! Congratulation for your success! Btw, this guy from Denmark is soo cute!

  74. Realy nice, but the true alpinist dont use sherpas or horses

  75. Going to be tough on any cities in a few years that depend on glacier water.

  76. I'm surprised by the lack of snow/ice up there. Moving over the rocks with the crampons looked pretty dicey.

  77. Danke, habe Link gesetzt
    http://www.wgsebald.de/100/365sterne/acon/acon.html

  78. Excellent video! What was the app that tracks your gps while climbing?

  79. How much did that all cost?
    All in All Great Vid, most comprehensive i've seen and you seem like a really nice guy

  80. Can you give me a link to the guides website, they seem nice and I want to contact them. Thank you!

  81. how do you climb with so big balls?

  82. Excellent documentary there! I would love to be there someday! Danke Schon!

  83. Wow thank You so much for sharing 🌷🍀

  84. There's much less ice and snow than I thought there would be. It's quite warm there. That's an impressive hike. It's the highest point on Earth outside of Asia, and you can see! With that view from the summit, it's obvious you're very high above everything else around. But they gave you a can of Coca-Cola when you returned to base camp! It should be beer!

  85. Great video, what guide service did you use?

  86. Hola como estan? costos aproximados del ascenso del aconcagua todo incluido

  87. Krasse Sache. Ich hab gehört, man kann den aconcagua ( wenn man erfahren ist) auch auf eigene faust besteigen. Stimmt das?

  88. Constant loud Music cant hear anything else ruined this video. Better with sound of nature!

  89. Great video. Fabulous job up there.

  90. What expedition/company did you go with?

  91. Is that difficulty to summit triple amputee !

  92. Do you recommend Inka Expeditions and were you happy with them? Which month did you go?

  93. Wow. Congratulations. Very nice your video.

  94. What time of year did u go? I'm heading down in December so interested to see if the conditions will be similar?

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