It has been about a week and a half since we last checked in on Alan Arnette. At that time he was in Argentina, where he was preparing for the trek to Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America, and next on his Seven Summits hit list. Since that time, he has not only arrived on the mountain, but has been working hard to help shuttle gear to the high camps in preparation for the summit push. Yesterday, he and the rest of the team were in Camp 2, located at 18,000 feet (5486 meters), with plans to move up to High Camp today. With their gear in place at that location, they’ll be all set for their final push when the weather allows.
For Alan, hiking around Aconcagua is like visiting an old friend. He has successfully climbed the 22’841 foot peak (6962 meters) on two other occasions. But Alan is also a safe and deliberate climber who doesn’t take anything for granted. I can assure you that he doesn’t look at this summit as a fore-gone conclusion, and he is focused on getting up and down very safely.
For those who aren’t aware, Alan is climbing the Seven Summits to raise $1 million for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Since announcing this project back in November, he has already successfully climbed Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, and after Aconcagua he’ll move on to Everest, a mountain that he has also been on several times in the past. Most Seven Summiteers wait to do Everest last, but Alan will make it the third peak on his list.
Good luck on Aconcagua this week Alan! Climb on!
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