American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

South America, Argentina, Central Andes, Aconcagua, Expedition Inspiration

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  • Publication Year: 1996

Aconcagua, Expedition Inspiration. An expedition of breast cancer survivors attempted to climb Aconcagua to raise awareness of the disease and to raise money for breast cancer research. The 17 women were divided into two teams; six attempted to summit Aconcagua, while the remaining eleven members, following a week later, climbed to lower camps in support of their teammates. All eleven support team members reached their basic goal of climbing to Plaza Argentina, the 14,000-foot basecamp accessing the Polish Glacier route to the summit. A few climbed still higher, to camps at over 16,000 feet and 19,000 feet. Of the six women who finally attempted the summit, three succeeded. In the process, they raised $2.3 million for breast cancer research — $100 for every foot of climbing.

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