Aconcagua

I want to climb this mountain simply because it's in Argentina. And it's the highest block on the continent. As far as it's beauty is concerned, I have heard it is the ugliest mountain you'll ever visit. As far as it's technical difficulty, I've heard it's just a big, long, hard, slog through a big pile of scree.

Its name is evidently indigenous and according to those that affirm its Quechua roots, it is derived from "Ackon Cahuak" and is translated as "The Stone Sentinel".

Those that attribute it to Arauca roots affirm that it comes from "Aconca-Hue", a Mapuche expression applied to the river of the same name, which in Chile means "Comes from the other side" since the ancients supposed that the Aconcagua River was born in the foothills of the mountain with the same name.

Aconcagua is entirely located within the Republic of Argentina, province of Mendoza, Department of Las Heras. It does not create an international boundary. Its coordinates are 69-59 Longitude West and 32-39 Latitude South. It is situated within the Provincial Park of Aconcagua. It limits to the West and Southwest with the Valle of the Lower Horcones. On the East and North it is limited with the Valley of Cows (Valle de las Vacas).

Around Aconcagua various peaks rise and surpass 5000 meters. In the Valle of the Upper Horcones (Valle de los Horcones Superior): Mt. Cuerno (5450m), Mt. Catedral (5200m), Mt. Bonete (5100m) , and Mt. De los Dedos (5000m) are found in the Valle of the Lower Horcones: Mt. Mirador (5800m), Mt. Ibañes (5200m), and Mt. Almacenes (4800m) . and in the Valley of the Cows (Valle de las Vacas) Mt. Ameghino (5800m), Mt. Fitz Gerald (5300m), and Mt. Santa María (5100) and all of the mountains that form the "Cordón de los Penitentes" are found.

 

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