Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Named ‘Acconcahuac’ or ‘The Stone Sentinel’ by the Incas, Aconcagua is the highest peak in the Southern and Western Hemispheres, and the world’s highest mountain outside of the Himalaya.
Our success or failure on Everest later this year depends on our ability in three key areas: Physical and Mental Fitness, Technical Ability and Experience at Altitude. The third one is the most difficult to accomplish as you can only really gain experience at altitude by going to it...
For that reason alone, this trip is absolutely vital to our preparations. Standing at just under 7,000m Aconcagua is going to be an immensely valuable experience and we are not underestimating the enormity of the Argentinean giant!
For additional support/banter we’ve been joined on this exped by a couple of top blokes, Rich Jarvis and Andy Fitzpatrick. Both of whom knew JT, and knew him well. Having them with us is awesome for morale, a great personal experience for them both and an incredible gesture of their support to our challenge! Cheers fellas...
We hope to update this Blog once a week while we’re away (massive thank you to Pete’s mum!) so keep checking for updates!
Matt & Pete