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Aconcagua - Amazing Adventure

Updated on July 12, 2011

Mental Preparaton

Two Idiots - One Summit

Aconcagua is the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere at 22,841 ft. located in Mendoza, Argentina. It is a majestic sight and has a variety of approaches. My young friend and his climbing partner are set to climb this mountain and leave the Northwest on December 12. They are preparing and planning on ascending on the Polish Direct Route. This is an alternate route developed across a glacier and up an ice field which requires rock and ice climbing gear and skills. It is a straight up route that appears to be one of the most direct but extremely demanding and taxing especially at these altitudes.

The most intriguing part of this expedition to me is what it takes mentally to complete such an adventure. The preparation, planning, and mind set it must take to accomplish this is amazing and takes a commitment both financial and personal that is unbelievable. It is a good thing that these are young dedicated men who are driven to accomplish a goal for the fun of it.

The Majestic Aconcaqua

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The Highest Peak in the Americas.

The Challenge

I know that there has been several months in preparation for this including practice climbs and treks testing skills and gear, workout routines and routes designed to prepare for the ascent. The workout routines and scheduled workout routes alone are enough to challenge even the most rigorous athletes. Add to this a daily stair climbing routine and sleeping in a simulated high altitude enclosure for weeks and you have a climber that is physically ready for the challenge.
The mental preparation is another story. Is this months of self discipline and rigorous preparation worth the effort? I can only guess that the motivation lies in the glorious feeling one must have at the top of a mountain, the free feeling and exhilaration experienced when a person accomplishes a very difficult task.    It must be like that feeling you had when you first learned to ride a bicycle, only better and lasting several days.   The joy filled smiles and total excitement will be indelibly etched and imprinted in their memories forever serving them throughout their lives.

Mailbox Peak

Not Your Average Man

It is not your average man who can take on this challenge, face his fears, and accomplish the challenge of a lifetime.   I am in awe of these young men, and I intend to follow them as closely as possible.    I actually know only one of these guys, but he is a fascinating individual and I would describe him as fairly reserved with a great sense of self and family.   I enjoy his company immensely and I am glad that I have come to know him and that he has allowed me to see into his world just a little.

Trail Blazing

It Makes Me Think

They are young enough to see this huge deal as a “fun outing” and they are doing this for fun.   Yet they are mature enough to know that their goal takes months of constant physical and mental preparation.   Their daring journey and expedition has caused me to pause.   I follow their blog and they have motivated me to set some personal goals for myself.   I thought that I was past that at the age of 62 but realize now that goals to accomplish something that I might have to work hard for, and that I think that might be impossible, or that I am afraid to do is just what I need to move to another phase of my life.   I am now in the process of setting some personal goals which I believe will change my life.    I will undoubtedly share these in the future.

Granite Mountain Avalanche

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I know little about climbing, just what I have read in books and articles. There is nothing about the actual climbing that I can share or instruct you about. I have gained a glimpse here that I am glad to share.

Please take the time to look through the Blog posts at Two Idiots, One Summit. I have enjoyed their blog and what they have had to say. I love the feel of the blog and the funny stuff there. Please subscribe to their feed and follow along with me as we are allowed to see what happens.

Mendoza and Aconcaqua


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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for sharing the story of your ultra-courageous friends. Wow! They've got some balls, my man.

      I am glad to read you are going to step out and challenge yourself this year too. Bully for you!

    • SteveoMc profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @Nell Rose Still haven't heard from them yet, they have been out of range since December 13....they made the summit on December 21. It sounds like it went well. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, I always admire people who do this, and a little bit of me is jealous, but I think I would rather watch someone else do it! hope it went well, cheers nell

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      That is a fantastic attempt and these men deserve all the public support. I am looking forward toyour update. Well done.

    • SteveoMc profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @bgamall I love Mt Shasta, agreed very impressive. Also lived in the shadows of Mt. Adams and was nearly blown away by Mt St. Helens. Thanks for stopping by, hope you follow these two fellas on their blog, they are in day two of their journey.

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      Gary Anderson 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I wrote a hub about Mt Shasta, which is quite an impressive mountain, but not compared to this one!

    • SteveoMc profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @Wesman Todd Shaw LOL, thanks for stopping by anyway.

    • SteveoMc profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @danatheteacher Thanks Dana........I appreciate the support.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Not for me, SteveoMC!

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      Dana Rock 

      7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Really nice write up Steve.

    • SteveoMc profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @drbj I replied to your comment, but alas, I must have forgotten to hit the post comment button. It was a clever reply, as I recall, and now I can't remember what it was. LOL Oh yeah, part of it was thanks for reminding me that although some of my life is winding down, other parts of my life are just beginning. Love having you come by and appreciate your reading my stuff. Thanks Hope I make to the button to post this comment.

    • SteveoMc profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @attemtedhumour The movie sounds like something I would enjoy, I will have to see it soon. I think that these fetes require a bit of nuttiness, the desire for adventure, and this huge task to complete. I admire what it takes, but me, I can't even stand on the top of an escalator without feeling woozie. LOL This and other adventures I get connected to provide me with vicarious experiences.

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Hi Steve i have a mate who was up Mt Everest in the death zone when the American postal worker and his guide died. He turned back and tried and failed the following year. The last time i spoke to him he was planning to attempt to climb the north face of the Eiger. He's a bit nutty which is an asset i think and super committed. As are your two climbers. I wish them well. PS have you seen the movie 'Touching The Void' if not try and find it as i'm sure you would love it. It's a true story. Cheers

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      What an exciting adventure this is. Will be interested to learn more about their journey. But I am even more interested in learning more about YOUR journey, Steve, and the new goals you have set for yourself. It's never too late. At 62, you're just a baby. Comparatively speaking, that is. :)

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      7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @Dalene Sabella Thank you for your sweet comments. I am surprised at what motivates me, but this was a done deal as soon as I heard about it. I knew I had to recognize these young men and give them their props.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Wow, Excellent and exciting, you are so lucky to see and be part of this amazing jounery. I too am 62 and lived the most adventures life, you have made me realize it is now time to set new goals, goals that challange me, pull me up and will help me grow during this last chapter of life. Now, I am going to reach out, your hub is thrilling and I enjoyed it, I loved the river of snow. Rate way up, peace & love Darski


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