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After twenty-two years of mountaineering, I discovered a new dimension to mother Earth’s ability to express outrage. The wind blasted far harder here then anywhere below; or in Colorado; or in our collective experience. Speech was impossible. We blinked at a tear-blurred vision through our goggles. Then I held up two parallel mittens to Bob to indicate two hundred miles-per-hour. He nodded and crossed his mittens in a plus sign to suggest more than two hundred.

– Gerry Roach - from Ten Tadasanas - Jet Stream
Earth’s Continent Summits Photo Gallery

South America’s Aconcagua, 22,834 feet

South America's Aconcagua, 22,835 feet Aconcagua as seen from the trailhead for the standard route at the bottom of the Horcones Valley

The south face rises almost 14,000 feet above the camera

The main summit is on the right

Photo by Gerry Roach
Aconcagua, sometimes called the Stone Sentinel, has many accolades. It is the highest peak in Argentina, the Andes, South America, the southern hemisphere and the world outside of central Asia.
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