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Aconcagua Expedition: Dreams fulfilled in the colossus of America

According to local media today, a nine-year-old boy became the youngest person in climbing Aconcagua, the highest peak in the American continent with 6,962 meters, located in the Argentine province of Mendoza.

As published on the child’s Facebook page, it is a solidarity action to raise funds in favor of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The young man climbed the Andean mountain with his 30-year-old father, accompanied by Mendoza mountain guides, and reached the 25th at around 3.30 p.m. local time. The whole team is in good health and has already started the descent.

His expedition used the central route of the Polish Glacier, a route not as explored as the more “accessible” North Wall but less complicated than the dreaded South Wall, which attracts experienced rock and ice climbers every year. they reached the summit of Aconcagua

The route, which has earned him the world record for the youngest climber to reach the top of Aconcagua, has been followed through his Facebook. To achieve the feat, the child’s father had to process a special permit from the provincial justice since, according to current regulations, only those of legal age are allowed to climb. Despite his young age, he is an experienced climber who has already crowned mountains such as Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), at 5,895 meters, and Whitney, at 4,421 meters, one of the highest peaks in the United States. This is the second judicial authorization to climb that is granted to a minor since, in 2008, another 11-year-old Californian boy climbed to the top with his parents.

Aconcagua, called the “roof of America” is located in the Andes mountain range, 12 kilometers from the border with Chile and 1,100 kilometers west of Buenos Aires. The Argentine region of Mendoza is home to Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America. Its almost seven thousand meters -6,962- also peak the highest in the Southern and Western hemispheres. How to climb Aconcagua is what hundreds of climbers try to discover year after year.

In 2001, and thanks to the calculation using GPS equipment, the height of the North Peak -one of the two that make up the summit- was corrected, raising it by two meters to that established in 1956. In this way, carry out an Aconcagua climb; it is a little more complicated. The other peak – the South – rises 6,930 meters above sea level. The first mountaineer to reach the Andean summit was the Swiss Matthias Zurbriggen, in 1897, leading a team of European mountaineers. Since then, ascending Aconcagua has become a challenge for thousands of fans, some of whom consider it a good training exercise before tackling the Himalayan mountains.

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