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Title: Jacket for aconcagua
Post by: Fitz on Mar 11 2002, 21:37
Hello everyone. A friend of mine recommended me this site. Gret source of information!!!

I am planning to climb the Aconcagua in early 2003. Could any recommend me an appropriate jacket to bring along. How cold does it become as you progress from Base Camp 1 to the summit?


Title: Re:Jacket
Post by: Harry on Mar 11 2002, 23:42
Hi Fitz!

thanks for the post and the compliments  :)

Have you read the Aconcagua trip report on this site?
Check it out; we were very happy we brought a down jacket (both of us had the The North Face Baltoro jacket). When you are climbing it's not needed, but when sitting at camp, cooking or just wandering around without a pack it's very useful as it can become really cold.

As you can read I checked the temperature while melting water in camp II and it was -25 Celsius/ -10F and it wasn't even dark then and there was no wind...

Also the guy we rescued on the way down from the summit was wearing a down jacket to the summit; if he hadn't he might have frozen already ???

So if you can afford it, buy a down jacket. For the climbs, bring a Goretex, something you can trust in very severe winds, and where you can wear some fleeces underneath.
There is little rain to be expected on the mountain (maybe on the walk in), but lots of wind and probably snow.

Hope this helps,
good luck on Aconcagua,
Thanks and keep climbing,

ps: don't forget your feet: every year too many people get frostbitten as they take only leather boots
Title: Re:Jacket
Post by: Fitz on Mar 12 2002, 22:05
Hello Harry,

Thank you for the information. It will be most useful. I will probably have many more questions in the coming months.

By the way, we have a common friend, Ian Jameson. I trekked in the Himalayas with Ian in November 2000. I believe you did some climbing with him.

All the best,