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Aconcagua, crampons/doubles needed?


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Parker Cunneen · · Philadelphia · Joined Nov 2017 · Points: 56

So firstborn question is do I really need crampon for this mountain. Seems to be mostly rock and light snow. I was thinking bringing Hillsound trails just in case. But full crampons, really? Plus they will get destroyed. Any thoughts from those that have done it. 


Also what about doubles? So I’ve taken my Sportiva Trango’s down to negative teens and as long as I’m moving I’m fine (I’d be wearing down booties on Aconcagua at camp). A burly pair of Nepal’s should do well don’t we think?

Allen Sanderson · · On the road to perdition · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 1,187

I assume you are going to be going the Ruta Normal. You will want to bring crampons. Though you will mostly be on scree there are places and times where crampons will be needed. You might not use them for long but not having them will be a suck fest. I know of folks who turned around because they did not bring any.

Which Trangos? The Cube GTX? I would not take them as while you may be moving - remember you are at altitude so you will be moving albeit slowly at times. The Nepal Evo GTX would be better. 


Parker Cunneen · · Philadelphia · Joined Nov 2017 · Points: 56

I am not planning on bringing the Trango Cube GTX. I was trying to determine if Nepal Cubes or G5’s will cut it since I have taken my Trango’s to suck low temps. Doubles seem a bit much. 

Carlo Carlini · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2019 · Points: 0

Does anyone have an opinion if microspikes like "Hillsound Trail Crampons" or "Grivel ran anti slip" could be used safely instead of full crampons on Aconcagua normal route?

SinRopa · · parts unknown · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 30

You could be fine...or it could cost you the summit.  I was there in 2010 and two days before I topped out, people made it up in trail runners with microspikes.  Then the weather changed, a bunch of snow dropped, everything got icy, and even the folks with Spantiks had cold feet.  All depends on the weather.

Parker Cunneen · · Philadelphia · Joined Nov 2017 · Points: 56

Having been there by now I will say doubles are a must (I brought them) and crampons are very helpful depending on the time of year. We still had snow at the Canetlla

N Farias Muñoz · · Unknown Hometown · Joined 1 day ago · Points: 0

Depending that what time in the year you go there. In South America in specific Chile an Argentina the mountain is dry and only in the winter you see more snow but no to munch.

N Farias Muñoz · · Unknown Hometown · Joined 1 day ago · Points: 0
SinRopa wrote: You could be fine...or it could cost you the summit.  I was there in 2010 and two days before I topped out, people made it up in trail runners with microspikes.  Then the weather changed, a bunch of snow dropped, everything got icy, and even the folks with Spantiks had cold feet.  All depends on the weather.

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Justin Sermeno · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2018 · Points: 0

As others have said, it will depend on the conditions. I was there in 2015. Summited early in March and crampons and double boots were an absolute must. There was ice from around 5300m and temps dropped to -40 with windchill. It would have been crazy to bring single layer boots.

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