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Here are 2 reports that show that Aconcagua is a mountain not to be messed with...:
"Airlifted Calgary climber recovers from sickness
May make another try for the top

Wendy-Anne Thompson  
Calgary Herald

Sunday, December 29, 2002

A Calgarian on a South American mountain climbing expedition is recovering from a severe case of altitude sickness.

Tim Logue, 25, was airlifted from Aconcagua -- the southern hemisphere's highest peak -- Thursday after showing signs of HACE, high altitude cerebral edema.

At first, he and climbing partner, Calgary personal injury lawyer Stephen Nelson, feared Logue had brain damage. But Logue was released Saturday and is recovering well, said Nelson's brother Wade Nelson.

Wade attributed Logue's quick recovery to the pair's speedy descent.
"Tim's doing fine now and this usually happens when you make a fast descent," he said.
"When they were heading up to 15,000 feet (4,500 metres), the wind was so strong, Tim couldn't carry his pack. He was in bad shape physically and mentally."

Stephen sprained his ankle helping Logue descend from 14,000 feet (4,200 metres). If it recovers soon, he will attempt the climb again. If not, the pair will return to Calgary Jan. 10.

Stephen and Logue left Calgary on Dec. 19 and were hoping to reach the 6,852-metre [--wrong, should be 6962, 7summits--] summit on New Year's Day.
Aconcagua is just outside the Andes, near Argentina's border with Chile. Last year, it claimed 16 lives.

HACE can happen during rapid ascent to high altitudes. It can happen when the altitude difference between two encampments exceeds 300 metres.

Physiologically, HACE is the result of brain tissue swelling from fluid leakage. Symptoms can include headache, loss of co-ordination, weakness, decreasing levels of consciousness including disorientation, loss of memory, hallucinations, psychotic behaviour and coma.

Two other Alberta climbers, Edmontonians Doug and Katie Reese, continued the trek. Wade said Nelson and Logue have not been in contact with them since the accident.

Last March, Nelson and Logue attempted Mount Everest. That trip was cut short after Logue became sick and Nelson developed pneumonia.

Wade said his brother is disappointed with the Aconcagua expedition.

"He's upset. It hasn't gone well."


And a 2nd report from this follow up page from teh same website:

Altitude sidelines climber
Calgarian airlifted from mountain
Kerry Williamson  
Calgary Herald

Saturday, December 28, 2002

A Calgary man has been airlifted to an Argentinian hospital after suffering serious altitude sickness while climbing the southern hemisphere's highest -- and deadliest -- peak.

Tim Logue, 25, was flown by helicopter from the lower slopes of Aconcagua Friday to a hospital in the Argentinian city of Mendoza, after collapsing on the mountain.

Logue is suffering from cerebral edema, characterized by fatigue or utter weakness, vomiting and unbearable headaches.
Victims often fall into a coma and die.

"It's pretty serious," said Logue's uncle, Wade Nelson, whose brother Stephen is leading the expedition. "He passed out on the way up, had co-ordination problems and had continual headaches. He had to turn back, so they had to hire a helicopter."

The 25-year-old Calgarian had set out on his climb Christmas Day, but began suffering headaches relatively early on in the attempt.

He is part of a team led by his foster father, Stephen Nelson, a Calgary lawyer and climber, and including Edmontonians Doug Reese and his 23-year-old daughter, Katie.

The Reeses are continuing their climb and hope to summit Monday.

The team left Calgary on Dec. 19. It was hoping to reach the 6,852-metre-high summit on New Year's Day.

Aconcagua is just outside the Andes, near Argentina's border with Chile. It is the highest peak in the southern and western hemispheres, the highest peak outside Asia, and the world's highest trekking peak. Last year, it claimed 16 lives.

Wade Nelson said his brother Stephen is distraught, and gave up on his own summit attempt to be with his foster son at the Mendoza hospital.
"He's pretty upset, but he's more concerned about what's going to happen with Tim, because he is just so sick," said Nelson.
"If you don't get down right away, you'll die. It's not just a headache, it's a sign of the brain swelling."

It is the second time Logue has encountered health problems while climbing the world's highest mountains.

Last March, he accompanied Stephen Nelson on his failed attempt to climb Mount Everest, but had to return after falling ill at Base Camp.

Nelson himself quit his attempt on Everest, turning back after reaching Camp 2 because of pneumonia.

According to the expedition Web site, Logue is known as the White Sherpa, or White Chocolate in parts of Nepal following his trek there last year, because of his ability to carry heavy loads.
Wade Nelson said Logue was in excellent health before the climb.

"He is in incredible physical shape, but that doesn't predict how your body will react to altitude," he said. "He won't be climbing again. We just hope he will be OK."

"He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary." -- Friedrich Nietzsche


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« Reply #1 on: Jan 26 2003, 09:28 »

My sister is summiting Aconcagua right now.  If anyone has any more recent information I would appreciate hearing it.  The papers didn't print anything on these guys for 2+ days. Thanks a lot.

woodsman@australiamail.com ???
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