Dispatches - Aconcagua #1 2022

December 01, 2022

Coming Soon! - Join us for the first of our southern summer expeditions to climb South America's highest peak, Aconcagua (6,962m/22,840ft).

The Adventure Consultants Aconcagua Expedition #1 runs from November 29 to December 17, 2022. The team includes:

Aconcagua #1 Guiding Team
Expedition Leader: Ang Dorjee Sherpa - USA/Nepal
Guide: Popi Spagnuoli - Argentina
Guide: Sergio Gomez - Argentina

Team Members:
Paul Askey - New Zealand
Kyle Bennett - Australia
Michael Bennett - Australia
Felice Burrows - Australia
Dayne Goodwin - New Zealand
Paul Hersey - New Zealand
Shelley Hersey - New Zealand
Tammy Mitchell - Australia
Lacy Shelby - USA
Jody Watkins - USA
Matthew Watkins - USA
Sam Willis - Australia

1 December 2022

Acclimatising in Puente del Inca

1 12 View hike to 3400m Popi SpagnuoliThe team rose this morning after a comfortable night in their camp and headed out on an acclimatisation hike. Ang Dorjee set the pace for the group, it's important when acclimatising that you give your body time to adjust, and taking a slow but steady pace when first climbing to a new height is crucial to that. With regular stops enroute to remain hydrated and soak in the views, the team all climbed to 3,400m. After some time to take photos they descended back to camp for an afternoon resting and relaxing. Tomorrow, the trek to Aconcagua Base Camp (Plaza Argentina) begins! Ang Dorjee and Popi for the Aconcagua #1 Team.

Photos: A selection of pictures from today's acclimatisation hike by Popi Spagnuoli and Ang Dorjee Sherpa and the Puente del Inca Camp by Popi Spagnuoli.

1 12 At 3400m above Puente Popi Spagnuoli

1 12 At 3400m above Puente 2 Popi Spagnuoli1 12 At 3400m above Puente 3 Popi Spagnuoli1 12 Team acclimatisation Popi Spagnuoli

1 12 Puente Camp from above Popi Spagnuoli




1 12 Team hike to 3400m1 12 Team at Puente del Inca1 12 Puente Sleep interior Popi Spagnuoli1 12 Puente Lounge Popi Spagnuoli

30 November 2022

Expedition Underway!

30 11 Leaving MendozaIt was a leisurely start in Mendoza this morning. With breakfast eaten and bags packed, team members were rearing to get underway; and before long we were on the road. It's a short 3-4 hour drive through the foothills of the Andes to tonight's camp at Puente del Inca. We stopped enroute in the town of Uspallata for a delicious lunch, and to stretch our legs before continuing onwards.

30 11 Puente del IncaOur camp is located near Puente del Inca (2,740m/8,990ft), not far from the base of Aconcagua. The area is famous for a natural arched rock bridge (Puente del Inca translates to Bridge of the Inca), formed by minerals in the water and home to a natural hot spring. The team are camping in spacious dome tents and will enjoy two nights camped here while they begin to acclimatise. The newly established camp features comfortable sleeping tents along with communal lounge and dining tents (pictured). Everyone is happy and healthy and excited that the expedition is now underway! Ang Dorjee for the Aconcagua Expedition Team.

Photos: (L) The team ready to hit the road to Puente del Inca, (R) Puente del Inca, (Below) The team enjoying lunch and the food looks good!, Tents at our Puente del Inca Camp by Ang Dorjee Sherpa.

30 11 Team having lunch Upsallata30 11 Lunch Upsallata







30 11 Tents Puente del Inca30 11 Sleeping tents Puente del Inca

29 November 2022

Aconcagua Expedition Meets in Mendoza

29 11 BriefingWith much excitement our team has converged in the South American city of Mendoza. Team members have been arriving over the last couple of days, each being met first for an equipment check, ensuring they each have the right equipment and clothing for the mountain. Today, after final gear checks were out the way the team met for an expedition briefing. An important part of any expedition where the team have an opportunity to meet each other, their guides and learn more about how the expedition will operate over the coming days.

29 11 Welcome Dinner Mendoza AD


After the briefing the team headed out to one of the many restaurants that line the streets of Mendoza and an excellent meal was enjoyed by all. Everyone is in good spirits, has arrived healthy and ready to start the expedition in earnest tomorrow! We look forward to sharing our journey with you! Ang Dorjee for the Aconcagua #1 Expedition.

28 11 Gear checksPhotos: (Top L) Team briefing, (R) Welcome Dinner and (L) Gear Checks by Ang Dorjee Sherpa.


Intro Photo

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