Location: Andes, Argentina 

Height: 6,962m AMSL

Date Summited: March 6th, 2010, at 14:45  (ART) – local time

Expedition: Dual (unguided and unassisted)

Route: Normal Route


Aconcagua, standing at 6,962m AMSL, is the highest point on the continent of America. The mountain is located on the eastern side of the Andes. Aconcagua is also one of the Seven Summits. Due to the mountain’s popularity, Aconcagua Provincial Park issues thousands of permits in its high season, from December though January, thereby increasing the commercial use of this mountain realm. For this reason, I chose to climb this mountain without any guides, unassisted and unsupported. Thomas Laussermair and I climbed this mountain in eleven days in the late season of 2010. This expedition was supported by CFPSA, Canadian Forces Personnel Support Programs, 438 Squadron, and la Caisse Desjardins de Granby-Haute-Yamaska. Thanks to Pablo Betancourt for his amazing photos.

Antoine Labranche standing on the summit of Aconcagua

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