Photographer's Note

Located entirely in Argentina, the Aconcagua rises majestic 6969 meters in the Andes Mountain Range. Its name has several possible origins but, without doubt the most accepted one is Akon-Kahuak that derives from the Quechua language and it means "Sentry of Stone".

On January 14th 1897, the Swiss guide Mathias Zurbriggen, member of the expedition directed by the English mountaineer Edward Fizt Gerald, reached alone and for the first time the main summit of the Aconcagua. He ascended along the north or normal route which goes through the Horcones’s Valley. Today, one century later, there are thousands of men and women, that guided by their steps are determine to repeat stories of fights and passions, of heights and conquests, of men and mountains.

The Mount Aconcagua has two summits, the lightly higher north that the south, united by the Guanaco's ridge, where that it is possible to arrive mainly for their three routes: the northwest, furrowed by the normal route that leaves from Plaza de Mulas; the Polish
Glacier that ascends for the east face and it has its starting point in Plaza Argentina
and the famous South Face to whose feet are Plaza Francia.

The Aconcagua is from all over the world a landmark in the dreams of the mountain's men that pawn its soul surrendering to the challenge of courting of its mystic beauty.

Decreed Protected Natural area in 1983, the Aconcagua Provincial park has the mission of diminishing the impact produced by the thousands of people that year to year visits it. Their 71.000 hectares of surface also protect, their flora, their fauna, and important archaeological places.

The entrances to the main camps of the Aconcagua are carried out for the Horcones's valley that takes to the Plaza Francia and Plaza de Mulas and for the Vacas's valley that takes us to Plaza Argentina, to the foot of the Glacier of the Poles.

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Additional Photos by Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 350 W: 78 N: 378] (1053)
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