Mount Aconcagua located in Argentina impresses even experienced mountain climbers. However, it’s possible to really appreciate its grandeur from the top of it only, and only the most courageous and skilled icemen can climb there. Despite the dangers involved, more and more people are trying to conquer the Aconcagua peak every year, and its popularity keeps growing.
Top Amazing facts about Aconcagua
- The name of the mountain in one of the local languages of the indigenous people means “the stone guardian”.
- The peak of Aconcagua was conquered in 1897 the very first time, when a Swiss iceman Matthias Zurbringgen climbed it totally alone (check also 15 interesting facts about mountains).
- Aconcagua is the highest mountain of all South America, as well as of the Southern and the Western hemispheres of the Earth. Its height is 22835 feet (6960 meters).
- There’s a river also known as Aconcagua in Chile. It flows from the Andes.
- Despite its height, professional climbers don’t consider this peak as one difficult to climb, if you do it by the Northern slope.
- Mount Aconcagua has an volcanic origin. However, it is not an extinct volcano, contrary to popular belief (also check 23 interesting facts about volcanoes).
- Atmospheric pressure at the top of Aconcagua is about 40% of normal only. It can be fatal for an untrained person without an oxygen mask.
- The record for high-speed ascent of Aconcagua was set in 1991. The climber reached the top in 5 hours and 45 minutes.
- The youngest climber, aged 9 years only, reached the peak of Aconcagua in 2013.
- The oldest climber who reached the top of mountain Aconcagua was 87 years old at the time of the ascent.