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Aconcagua-Quaderns d'Alpinisme No 4

Aconcagua—Quaderns d’Alpinisme N° 4. Carles Capellas, Editor. Servei General d’Informació de Muntanya, Centre de Documentació Alpina, Apartat de Correus 330, Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain, 1993. 32 pages, photographs, maps, diagrams, route sketches. $8.00.

This booklet and the accompanying map of Aconcagua is the fourth in a series of monographs published in Spain. Indeed the first booklet in this series was on Aconcagua; this issue brings that material up to date. The map was first published as a supplement to the American Alpine Journal, 1987.

The booklet describes the principal mountaineering activities on Aconcagua from 1981 to 1991. Among other useful information, it includes brief route descriptions of the 14 climbs by which Aconcagua has been scaled to date. For instance, the diagrams and illustrations of the technical ascents on the south face are extraordinarily valuable to anyone researching these climbs even if you can’t read the Catalan text. Route drawings include UIAA grade per pitch, steepness in degrees and bivouac locations.

Michael Pelchat