Prepare in Advance
- Have a passport and necessary visas before departing for Argentina. Passport should be valid for at least six months after the time you leave Argentina.
- Physical fitness: Follow a regular training regime. If not using porters, you should be able to carry a 50Lb pack for 3000 ft in 5 hours several days in a row. However, if you want to carry less weight every day be sure to book porters in advance.
- Have ALL ITEMS on the gear list and know how to use them. Practice using your gear and make sure it fits comfortably.
- Be mentally prepared. Plan to enjoy every day of the trip and set daily goals. (You have time to plan for the summit when that day comes.)
- Get a good physical from your doctor. Make sure you are in good health.
- Read and understand the principles of acclimatization and altitude illness.
- If taking prescription drugs make sure you bring sufficient supply to last more than the length of your trip.
- Keep your guides and company staff informed of any previous condition or medical situation they should be aware of. Don’t keep it to yourself.
On the mountain
- Pace yourself. Moving too quickly at altitude often leads to altitude illness.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. When you wake up, at breakfast, every rest break, before, during and after dinner.
- Manage your gear well. Keep it dry, pack clothing in a plastic bag, keep your tent well organized.
- Eat well, sometimes at altitude, your appetite can be less. Try to finish every meal. It will give you strength.
- Try to get good sleep at night. It is essential for success.
- Communicate with your guides. Let them know how you’re truly feeling. They can help if you have problems.
- Be a good teammate. Encourage others and others will encourage you. We are much stronger as a group than as an individual.
- Have a small medical kit easily accessible while climbing containing moleskin for blisters, sunscreen, lip protection cream, (at least 30 pf), and a sun hat.
- Keep a positive attitude. The mental condition to face a challenging climb begins home and must be trained as hard as the physical condition.
- Try to cope with adverse circumstances, understanding that some factors are beyond human possibilities. Weather is one of them.
- Know your limits. Don’t push yourself to the point of putting your life or the life of others in danger.
- Respect other climb mate’s time and space. An expedition can be a multicultural experience with people from all over the world. That means different cultural backgrounds, religions or philosophies. Everyone in one expedition is struggling to reach the same goal.
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