Aconcagua is the highest mountain in South America and it is also the highest mountain outside of Asia. The mountain is just under 7,000meters. This has got to be one of my favourite mountains. This mountain was a really good journey for a number of reasons. We had really good people on our trip including our guides Cesar who was the local guide who was crazy and Ben who was organised, fair and friendly. This was also a really amazing place to be because we went from walking through a scorching hot valley to an extremely cold glacier.
Although this was a good mountain it was also very difficult at times. One reason it was difficult was because of the physical effort involved. To get to base camp you have to walk 45 kilometres in three days. This is only with a relatively light pack but is still fairly tiring. After you get to base camp you have two more camps which you get to by carrying loads. What you do is you first of all carry some stuff up to camp 1 come back down to base camp, take a rest day, move up to camp 1 have a rest day then move some stuff up to camp 2 and have a rest day then move up to camp 2, take rest day then summit and the day afterwards you bring it all back down. This physical effort would have been made easier if I had done more training beforehand.
The food on the expedition was actually really good. On our first night on the mountain we got a barbeque of just meat. It was awesome no vegetables at all. Beyond this we cooked our own food from things like pasta and sausages and so on. Before I came to this mountain we would usually get things like this but not as good. As soon as we got to camp 1 and above we couldn't cook our own stuff so we had to eat these dehydrated meals. For anyone who has never tried one of these, they are horrible. They taste really horrible and they don't always work and you can end up eating this dust like substance.
When we got down the group was breaking slightly and some of our guys didn't have the final meal with us. The last meal in Mendoza was amazing. A lot of us had these 800g stakes. We all struggled to eat these but they were great.