Seven Summits: Aconcagua


The Seven Summits

The "Seven Summits" are the seven highest mountains in each of the world's seven continents. Climbing all seven peaks is regarded in mountaineering circles as a formidable achievement. The first person to climb all of the Seven Summits was American businessman, rancher and mountaineer Richard Bass, who achieved this in 1985.

Although lists differ slightly as to which mountains make up the Seven Summits (due to controversies over the boundaries of the various continents), they all include seven of the following ten mountains.

Vinson Massif
Puncak Jaya
Mount Kosciuszko
Mont Blanc
Mount Wilhelm

But what do you know about these seven mountains that make up the Seven Summits? In a series of articles called "Seven Summits", I want to explore these beautiful, enigmatic, and sometimes dangerous mountains. First up - 10 facts about the mighty Aconcagua!

1) Latin Giant

Aconcagua is the highest mountain in South America. With a summit elevation of 6,960.8 metres (22,837 ft), Aconcagua rises above other South American giants such as Chile's Ojos del Salado and Peru's Huascaran Norte.

2) Beyond the Himalayas

Aconcagua, which sits in the Mendoza province of Argentina, is the highest mountain outside of the continent of Asia.

3) Top of Two Hemispheres

Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere, and also the tallest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere.

4) Ande Pandy!

Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in the Andes mountain range. The Andes are the longest continental mountain range in the world, forming a continuous highland along the western edge of South America. The Andes extend from north to south through seven South American countries: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.

5) The Ice Manuel Cometh!

Aconcagua has several glaciers. The largest is the Ventisquero Horcones Inferior (approximately 10 km long), which descends from the south face near. Two other smaller glacier systems are the Ventisquero de las Vacas Sur and Glaciar Este/Ventisquero Relinchos system, both of which are roughly five kilometres long. The most well-known of Aconcagua's glaciers however is the north-eastern or "Polish" Glacier, which is a common route of ascent for climbers.

6) It's a Mystery

The origins of the name Aconcagua are something of a mystery. One theory is that it is based on the Mapudungun word "Aconca-Hue", meaning "comes from the other side". Another theory is that it is based on the Aymara word Janq'u Q'awa, meaning "White Ravine".

7) First Recorded Ascent

The first recorded ascent of Aconcagua was in 1897. It was a European expedition led by the British mountaineer Edward FitzGerald.

8) Just a Kid!

The youngest person known to have climbed Aconcagua was American youngster Tyler Armstrong of California. He was just nine years old when he made it to the summit in December 2013!

9) Young at Heart

The oldest person recorded as climbing Aconcagua was Scott Lewis. Scott reached the summit in November 2007, at the age of 87!

10) Dark Side

Aconcagua is thought to have the highest death rate of any mountain in South America. With approximately three deaths occurring on Aconcagua every year, it has been given the unenviable nick name “Mountain of Death”. Sadly, over a hundred people have died on Aconcagua since records began.

Bonus: Seven Summits Wall Art

For adventurers, Aconcagua is one of the most alluring and enigmatic locations in the world. Along with the other Seven Summits it offers a challenge that many climbers find hard to resist. With our Seven Summits posters we hope to inspire people to be adventurous and rise to their own challenges. Check out our Seven Summits Wall Art Collection and let us know what you think!

Seven Summits Collection

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