Aconcagua | January 2015

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Aconcagua is such a unique mountain as its usually a two week journey from trail head to summit and back out. When you start its hot and dusty and then turns cold and windy. Being the highest peak outside of the Himalayas its very dangerous as many suffer from a form of high altitude sickness with its summit sitting at 22,841ft.

After the three of us summited we had a very big scare on the way down as John came down with H.A.C.E (High Altitude Cerebral Edema). Pretty much John summited too fast and his body wasn't getting enough oxygen and his brain started to swell. This can quickly turn deadly so we kicked it into gear and got to a lower altitude to let John rest after getting him some medicine. 

Luckily all was well and John started to feel like himself a couple days later as we left the mountain summiting our third of the Seven Summits for Cystic Fibrosis.