Having just finished a Trek to Everest Case Camp and an overall three weeks in Nepal it is time to get ready for the next trek, a summit attempt of Aconcagua. I will be going with RMI and the date scheduled is Jan 2015, this is the itinerary http://www.rmiguides.com/aconcagua/#itinerary . For those of you that do not know Aconcagua it is a pretty impressive mountain. The Mountain is the highest mountain in the Americas and in fact it is the highest peak in the western and southern hemispheres. It is a mere 6960.8 meters, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aconcagua, or 22,837 feet. It is located in the Andes mountain range situated in the Provence of Mendoza Argentina. I think this one will definitely test my heart and soul not to mention my body. It is the second of the seven peaks that I will summit. I say will because I will be prepared. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_summits
The website of RMI tells me to prepare, and this means running with a pack this year, and increasing my base run to two four mile runs a day. Here is what the RMI Site Says:
For Aconcagua, you are preparing for:
- Steep climbing with a 50-60 lb load
- Strenuous physical activity for multiple hours a day for multiple consecutive days
- A 12-14+ hour summit day
- Mountaineering techniques which require core strength and flexibility
Everest base camp was hard but they say this will test my soul, I wonder what of the seven peaks would not. I am really excited to be going with a climbing buddy from Kilimanjaro. We summited there a couple years ago. There are videos available as well, like this one preparing for the summit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlLPFklxQSQ#t=13 .
How I am ready; Altitude – No Issues, Legs the 12+ hour Days, no issues. How I am not ready; the core strength and balance with that kind of weight on my back I am not ready for, so yes it is personal trainer time but the good news is I have one year! Looks like I will practice standing on a basketball with a 50 pound pack on – in developing this balance I should probably go for my helicopter license.
They actually want us to do the following training schedule:
|MondayAerobic Training||TuesdayStrength Training||WednesdayAerobic Training||ThursdayInterval Training||FridayAerobic Training||SaturdayStrength or Interval
I think I will have to do more, but in the end I will hire a trainer. More information: http://www.rmiguides.com/resources/conditioning.php Pretty excited about this trek, three out of 10 succeed. I will be in the statistical 30% of those that succeed! Then maybe Blanc 6 months later!