Argentina 2017 – Cerro Aconcagua
Have you ever wanted to travel to the Andes? Climb one of the world’s highest mountains, while helping a science project along the way? If so, then join Science in the Wild for our ‘wildest’ climbing and snow sampling expedition on Aconcagua (6962 m/22,841 ft.) in January 2017! Not quite ready for a summit climb? Then join us at the ‘wild’ and ‘wilder’ levels, detailed below.
WILD: Trek with us during our acclimatization hike at Cordón del Plata Park (located 80 km from Mendoza) and climb a 4000-meter (13,000 ft.) peak from January 8 – 16, 2017. Learn about the geology of the area, the scientific tools we’ll be using on Aconcagua, and help us train our summit climbers.
WILDER: Trek to and support our science efforts at Aconcagua’s base camp from January 8 – 24, 2017. This includes learning about the geology of the area alongside us, processing samples from the upper camps, and making measurements nearby base camp. This option also includes the 4000-meter/13,000 ft. peak at Cordón del Plata Park.
Includes: hotels in Mendoza (single supplements apply) at start and end of trip; lodging in Penitentes; private transport to/from park; extra acclimatization at Vallecitos (‘Cordón del Plata’ Park); 3 meals/day, tea and tents on trail and mountain; mule gear transport; park entrance and climbing permits/fees; base camp internet services.
Excludes: international airfare, excess baggage fees (international), visa (if needed), porters*, gear rental, rescue insurance, helicopter, alcoholic beverages, tips
*Porter fees (2016 estimates), by camp, should you choose to hire someone to help load carry:
Base camp to Camp 1: $150; Camp 1 to Camp 2: $250; Camps 1 or 2 to Camp 3: $350; High Camp to base camp: $350
Deposition of dust and black carbon or soot (pollution) is a problem on accumulation zones of valley glaciers worldwide. This soot is the result of incomplete combustion of biomass and fossil fuels (e.g., Goldberg et al., 1985), while dust is released from devegetated or dry soils due to land use changes. These dark contaminants absorb more solar radiation, much like you do when wearing a dark versus light t-shirt, thereby reducing the natural albedo (reflectivity) of snow and ice, and leading to enhanced melting (e.g., Kaspari et al., 2011). Help us study these effects firsthand!
As a citizen-scientist participant, you’ll help us sample and measure the quality of the snowpack on the highest peak in the southern hemisphere. To prep for the rigors of Aconcagua, we’ll take a few extra acclimatization days at Cordón del Plata Park and climb a 4000-meter peak. We look forward to sharing the beauty of the Andes with you!
Goldberg, E., (1985), Black carbon in the environment, Wiley and Sons, New York, NY.
Kaspari, S. D., Schwikowski, M., Gysel, M., Flanner, M. G., Kang, S., Hou, S., and Mayewski, P. A., (2011), Recent increase in black carbon concentrations from a Mt. Everest ice core spanning 1860–2000 AD, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L04703, doi:10.1029/2010gl046096.
January 8 - Travel Day
January 9 - Mendoza
January 10 - 13 - Acclimatization Days
January 14 - Penitentes
January 15 - Confluencia Camp
January 16 - Base Camp
January 17 - Rest Day
January 18 - Camp 1 and Base Camp
January 19 - Camp 1
January 20 - Camp 2
January 21 - Camp 2 Rest Day
January 22 - Camp 3 and Camp 2
January 23 - Camp 3
January 24 - Snow Day
January 25 - Summit
January 26 - Snow Day
January 27 - Base Camp
January 28 - Confluencia Camp
January 29 - Penitentes
January 30 - Mendoza
January 31 - Departure*
*In case of bad weather on the mountain, it is good to budget a few extra weather days. These extra days, once back in Mendoza, will be at your own expense.
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