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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Rucksack Readers; 1 edition (15 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898481512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898481515
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lightweight, yet packed with practical information, this book will help you all the way to the summit." Jaime Vinals, a seven-summiteer who has climbed Aconcagua 8 times"

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Born in 1970 in the Netherlands, Harry Kikstra lives in Amsterdam. Since gaining a Master's degree in business management, he has combined commercial work with an adventurous life that takes him all over the world. He has been a full-time adventurer, organiser and leader of expeditions since 1999. He loves to travel, and enjoys climbing and photographing mountains everywhere. He has summited Aconcagua twice, in 2000 and 2004, by both the trekking routes described in this book. In June 2005, Harry summited Mt Everest, and in January 2006 Mt Vinson, thus completing his own round of the seven continental summits.

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Another excellent pocket guide. I bought this on the strength of the Everest guide which I took to the North Ridge route last year. It proved the most popular book on that expedition and I expect it to be most popular on the forthcoming Aconcagua expedition.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Megarry on 20 Dec. 2010
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The first review describes this book as "almost useless", so here are some simple facts. I freely declare my interest in this book as its editor, so I will not express my opinion, just give you facts so you can decide for yourself. Part 1 has 40 pages of planning and preparation, including extensive detail on preventing and managing altitude sickness, including the points system for assessing symptoms of HAPE/HACE and pulse oximeters. Other health issues are covered, the cache-and-carry system explained and there's a 70-item classified packing list.

Part 2 includes details of park permits, garbage and toilets and advice on river crossings, a history of the mountain with first ascents, also sections on Argentina and on the Andes habitat and wildlife. Part 3 has 18 pages on the Normal Route, while Part 4 covers all the Vacas Valley route options (Polish Traverse and Glacier) with summaries of terrain, altitude gain and main features. Part 5 includes GPS waypoints, sources and useful English/Spanish words and phrases.

The reviewer who finds all this "almost useless" is entitled to his opinion, but it does conflict strongly with all previous reviews (by people who have summited, including Mark Beaumont, and by climbing magazines). The Sunday Herald review even commented on its "tardis-like capacity for cramming in information" into a lightweight (112-gram) pocketable package.
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Cracking book, as it says pocket size, but dont let that put you off. It is full of everything you should know about Aconcaqua
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By loopylou on 17 April 2012
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Fab wee book just what I needed to know about this mountain and the paths and info of camps on the way to the summit.Very pleased.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tbuyer on 28 Nov. 2009
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* If you are planing an expedition to the Aconcagua, look elsewhere. This book will give you only a basic, almost useless, overview.
* If you are hiring a guide / company to go there, this book will give you an idea of what the trip will be like. No more than that.
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