Climb Aconcagua Solo

A first hand account of a successful unguided, solo climb of Aconcongua.

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Climbing Aconcagua solo is a dangerous endeavor and is generally not recommended. Should you decide to climb solo, proper gear, experience, and fitness are required. This site is not intended to recommend climbing Aconcagua, nor is it to be used as a guide. It is simply providing details of a successful solo climb of the mountain.

I had Aconcagua on the radar for about the last ten years. My normal climbing partner was unable to make the climb which prompted the idea of going solo. With a partner I would have looked to the Polish Glacier route. Climbing solo, my risk level and desire to successfully reach the summit dictated utilizing the normal route.

Everything takes additional effort as compared to a commercial guided trip. Climbing Aconcagua solo makes you responsible for food, water, setting up and breaking down camp, as well as the weight and associated space necessary to carry your gear. There is no one to help monitor your health and acclimatization, nor do you have a climbing partner always present to administer emergency assistance if necessary. Although I saw helicopter support as high as Camp Nido de Condores, medical evacuations typically occur at basecamp. Both cerebral and pulmonary edemas are extremely dangerous and are to be taken seriously. Climbing Aconcagua solo may put you in a situation where you are unable to descend or reach assistance for a considerable amount of time. During my climb, there were numerous medical situations and even one death on the mountain.

Although I climbed solo and unguided, one could purchase meals and other services from the large number of commercial outfitters that serve the area. At the far other end of the spectrum, one could hire practically everything including porters to carry your gear up the mountain, set up and break down your camps, prepare all of your meals and provide for your water. The experience you choose is up to you.

Proper preparation will increase both your odds of obtaining the summit as well as getting off the mountain without incident. Reaching the summit is optional; getting home safe is mandatory.

Aconcagua Gear List

Rather than a generic gear listing, I have provided a specific listing as well as a gear review.

Click here for a complete gear review.

Adventure Medical Kit: Ultralight .9

Artiach Foam Sleeping Pad

Arcteryx Kappa AR Pant

Arcteryx Rampart Pant

Arcteryx Venta SV Jacket

Arcteryx Rho AR Top

Arcteryx Delta SV Jacket

Arcteryx Rampart Shorts

Arcteryx Bora 80 Backpack

Arcteryx Cierzo 35 Backpack

Banana Boat 50 SPF Lip Balm

Bibler Ahwahnee Tent and Vestibule

Camp Corsa Ice Axe

Campmor Hytrel Balaclava

Canon PowerShot SD 4500IS Camera

Clif Protein Bars

Clif Shot Gels

Cytomax Performance Drink Mix

Doctor Prescribed Medical Kit

Endurox R4 Recovery Drink Mix

Energizer Ultimate Lithium Batteries

Enertia Trail Foods

Feathered Friends Peregrine Sleeping Bag

Feathered Friends Down Booties

Feathered Friends Frontpoint Jacket

Fisher Write Anywhere Space Pen

Garmin GPS

Grabber Hand, Toe, and Foot Warmers

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist Cookset

Gu Power Gels

Hammer Power Gels

Iridium Satellite Phone

Julbo Cebe 4000 Glacier Glasses

Kellogg's Froot Loops

Kodak Zx1 Video Camcorder

La Sportiva Spantik Boots

Land O Lakes Supreme Hot Cocoa Mix

Lara Bar Protein Bars

Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Boots

Mammut S-Lite Headlamp

Marmot DriClime Jacket

Marmot Expedition Mitt

Mary Janes Farm Instant Meals

Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Glove

Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Tight

Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods

MSR Fuel Bottles: Two 30oz / One 11oz


MSR Dromlite Hydration Bag - 4 Liter

Nalgene Everyday 1L Wide Mouth Bottle

Nalgene HDPE 1L Wide Mouth Bottle

Nalgene Insulated Bottle Sleeve

Neutrogena Spectrum SPF 100 Sunblock

Nonin GO2 Achieve Pulse Oximeter

Omron Go Smart Tri-Axis Pedometer

Outdoor Products Insulated Bottle Sleeve

Outdoor Research Alti Gloves

Outdoor Research Sun Hat

Outdoor Research Wind Stopper Gloves

Patagonia Active Sport Boxer Briefs

Patagonia Capilene 2 LS Zip Neck

Patagonia Capilene 2 Short Sleeve Crew

Patagonia Expedition Weight Zip-Neck

Personal Kit

Petzl Tikka Plus 2 Headlamp

REI Silk Liner Socks

REI Silk Weight Balaclava

REI Velcro Sport Wrap

Rite in the Rain Outdoor Journal

SanDisk Sansa m250 mp3 Player

SmartWool Expedition Socks

SmartWool Light Hiker Socks

Spot Satellite GPS Messenger

SteriPen Adventurer Water Purifier

SteriPen Water Pre-Filter

Suunto Vector Altimeter Watch

The North Face High Point Hat

Therm-A-Rest ProLite Sleeping Pad

Trango Alpine Light Crampon

Zeal Optics Eclipse SPPX Goggles

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