"Reach the Aconcagua, is the..." Mendoza Favorite Tip by Erika_Reese

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Favorite thing: <left><font color='steelblue' face=arial size=2,5><b>Reach the Aconcagua, is the highest mountain in the Western hemisphere, located in western Argentina, near the Chile border. Aconcagua is a gigantic mass of rock, not picturesque in the traditional Alpine sense, but magnificent by its size.
<i>Three of the mountainous giants of southern America stands out in this central zone of the mountain range, located in the Argentine cities of San Juan and Mendoza. They are: the Mercedario (6.670 mtrs.), the Aconcagua (6.960 mtrs.) and the Volcan Tupungato (6.650 mtrs.)</i>
Though the mountain's summit crest and radiating ridges are largely windswept free of snow, large glaciers fill the valleys on all but the southern and western flanks. Some climbing routes are relatively straightforward hikes to the top, but this is the very reason that Aconcagua has one of the highest mountain death tolls in the world: It is a popular mountain, and many of its climbers tend to move too swiftly up the mountain, with little respect for the elevation or the weather, which on Aconcagua can quickly become severe.</b></font></left>

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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