Träningsförslag inför bestigning av Aconcagua

QUALIFICATIONS FOR CLIMBING THE NORMAL ROUTE:
This climb is suited for beginning climbers who are in excellent physical condition with basic mountaineering experience. Although the higher altitude, length of climb and more extreme temperatures make this climb more challenging than Mount Kilimanjaro, the actual terrain on the Normal Route is similar, but it may require the use of an ice axe and crampons. Climbers should feel extremely comfortable with the use of these tools. Conditions on Aconcagua change constantly. Often climbers are required to use crampons and ice axes while crossing the Gran Accerro and climbing in the Canaleta on summit day. It is required that you are familiar with the proper use of these tools prior to your trip to Aconcagua.

NORMAL Route: Aconcagua, often referred to as the "Stone Sentinel," is the highest peak in South America and the highest peak in the world outside of Asia-climbing Aconcagua, which rises 4,000 feet above neighboring peaks, is a great way to experience the spectacular Andes of Argentina. All of our equipment is carried to base camp by mules. We follow the philosophy of climb high and sleep low as we establish a series of higher camps while ascending Aconcagua. We have also built in numerous inclement weather days to the schedule to allow more time to attempt the summit climb, these factors together enable proper acclimatization and greatly increases our chances for success.

TRAINING SUGGESTIONS:
Everyone is required to carry a share of the group's equipment, be prepared to carry as much as 50-60 lbs. while stocking camps on the mountain. We suggest you begin your training program at least three months prior to departure. Walking up hills and stair climbing are both excellent ways to condition your lower body. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, eventually adding weight as you increase your training pace. Take a long hike (4-6 hours) several times with a weighted pack.
The best training for mountaineering is to carry a weighted pack (40-60 lbs.) up and down hills, stairs, or small mountains. To avoid knee stress while training use full water containers for weight and empty out the water prior to your descent. Supplement this with running, cycling, swimming, racquet sports, etc. for additional aerobic conditioning. While strength is important, endurance training should be your primary focus - remember your summit day could be as long as, or longer than, 12 hours at high altitude!