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ACONCAGUA CLIMBING MAP 1:50,000
By American Alpine Club
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Sketch map 1:50 000 A map for Aconcagua Argentina, on a good scale of 1:50,000. In English, printed in Argentina. Overall size 17''x21''. Dated 1987. It shows the ten most popular routes on Aconcagua, and has a brief description of each route, in English.  

We used to sell this map as a new item when it was available from the American Alpine Club. It has not been available for 25 years, and we just found three unused copies in a box of ''stuff.''

Aconcagua, 'The Sentinel of Stone'. Its name has roots in the Quechua language and when translated means 'The Sentinel of Stone'. 

Aconcagua, at 22830 feet (6959 meters) is the highest point in the Western and Southern hemisphere, towering above the surrounding peaks in the Argentine Andes. Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the world that is not part of the Himalaya, Karakoram or other Asian mountain ranges. 

It is also a lot easier to reach from America, with a much shorter approach, costs much less than the Asian peaks, and is technically no harder than Mount Hood. Having said that, only 40% of attempts succeed each year, and on average 3 people die every year, mostly due to the altitude and the weather. 

The mountain stands on the border with Chile, some 30 km (a day-and-a-half hike) from the Puente del Inca settlement. Aconcagua does not lie in the actual Andes, but in the Frontal range, slightly to the east. It has a very steep and massive face on its south and a gentle slope on the north, with a huge glacier, the Polish glacier, flowing to the east and a series of aretes and couloirs to the west. As the highest point in South America, Aconcagua is one of  the much sought after 'Seven Summits' and a world renowned peak.                                                    
              
The mountain has two summits - North (6959 meters) and South (6930 meters), joined by a ridge (Cresta del Guanaco) approximately one kilometer long. Various ridges radiate from each summit and the whole massif is isolated from other high peaks. Only to the northwest is it connected by a high snow ridge with the surrounding mountain systems. 

The usual approach is from the south up the Quebrada de los Horcones, which circles the western flanks of the peak, to the Plaza de Mulas base camp at a height of 4230 meters. From here 3 routes start: the normal via the Horcones Glaciar Superior and north ridge, the West Buttress route, and the South-West route. The best climbing period is mid-November to March. On the normal route, refuges exist at heights of 5850 meters and 6480 meters.

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