After twenty-two years of mountaineering, I discovered a new dimension
to mother Earth’s ability to express outrage. The wind blasted far harder here then anywhere below;
or in Colorado; or in our collective experience. Speech was impossible.
We blinked at a tear-blurred vision through our goggles. Then I held up two parallel mittens to Bob
to indicate two hundred miles-per-hour. He nodded and crossed his mittens in a plus sign to suggest
more than two hundred.
– Gerry Roach - from Ten Tadasanas - Jet Stream
|Earth’s Continent Summits
South America’s Aconcagua, 22,834 feet
||Aconcagua as seen from the trailhead for the standard route
at the bottom of the Horcones Valley
The south face rises almost 14,000 feet above the camera
The main summit is on the right
Photo by Gerry Roach
|Aconcagua, sometimes called the Stone Sentinel, has many accolades. It is the highest peak in
Argentina, the Andes, South America, the southern hemisphere and the world outside of central Asia.