Aconcagua Expeditions – Necessary Precautions for Aconcagua

A Hindu girl, only 12 years old, was authorized by the Justice of the Argentine Province of Mendoza to climb Mount Aconcagua (6,962 m). A 2000 provincial law prohibits children under the age of 14 from entering the highest peak on the American continent. In this way, you can climb Aconcagua.However, like 12 other children, she has already obtained favorable court decisions in two decades. Hindu mountaineer Kaamya Karthikeyan had been in Mendoza for three weeks with her father, awaiting a court decision.Last Thursday afternoon, the Family Court on duty decided to authorize the entry of Sundaram Karthikeyan and his daughter Kaamya “under their sole responsibility and risk, having to comply with the requirements and indications of the park.” Judge Carlos Alberto Juri granted the authorization.Both climbers intend to climbing Aconcagua through the “Normal Route Crossing,” located on the north face of Aconcagua, which can be done on foot and does not require special climbing equipment. According to the Aconcagua Provincial Park regulations, the family must be accompanied by a guide and have rescue insurance, mandatory for all foreign climbers. The child in 2019 had cerebral edema in Aconcagua.The record for ascending Cerro Aconcagua by a young man belongs to American Tyler Armstrong, who was only nine years old, on December 25, 2013, when he managed to reach the summit with his father.As reported at the time, in January 2019, the young climber of only 13 years, Henry Horvath, suffered cerebral edema at 5,560 meters. Horvath had limb mobility problems and could not close his eyes. The young man also felt half of his face paralyzed. A Czech mountaineer set a new ascent speed record between the base camp and the top of Aconcagua (6,962 m). The previous record belonged to 3 Italians who in 2000 did it in 3 hours, 40 minutes, and 20 seconds.Czech Martin Zhorn set the record on December 27 at 13:48:29. According to accounts of those who witnessed the attack, Zhorn reached the top of Aconcagua exhausted. Martin put the time at 3 hours 38 minutes and 29 seconds. Martín Zhorn left the Plaza de Mulas base camp with the “humble” objective of reducing the 4-hour attack to the summit. At the end of the attempt, he lowered the record by 1 minute 51 seconds, set by Italians Bruno Brnod, Jean Pellisier, and Fabio Meraldi on February 15, 2000.“I still don’t understand how it happened. On Friday, I went to attempt an attack to the top from the base camp in Plaza de Mulas (forest guard office). You waited less than 4 hours. When I got to La Cueva (about 6600 m), it was 3 h 10 m. If I could cover the last 400 meters in half an hour, I could break the record! “-Written Martin Zhorn in his Instagram as he descended from his Aconcagua climb.