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Two Tragic Incidents on Aconcagua

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The climbing season has just kicked off on the formidable Aconcagua, standing tall at 6,962 meters, but it’s been a challenging start, marked by heartbreaking incidents.

Two Tragic Incidents on Aconcagua
Two Tragic Incidents on Aconcagua

Tragedy Strikes at Base Camp

Andrey Minaev, a 30-year-old member of the Seven Summits Club, tragically passed away in his tent at Base Camp, situated at 4,260 meters above sea level. The distressing news surfaced on January 3, as reported by Cumbres Mountain Magazine.

A Shocking Discovery

In the early hours, as the team’s guide began awakening the members, the grim discovery of Andrey Minaev’s lifeless body was made. Medical professionals at Base Camp confirmed his passing. What confounded everyone was that Andrey hadn’t exhibited any signs of health concerns the preceding night. The exact cause of his untimely death remains shrouded in mystery.

Another Heartbreaking Loss

Prior to this tragic incident, on December 30, another climber, Raul Alexander Tartera, also aged 30 and hailing from the U.S., succumbed while descending after a successful summit. He fell ill near La Cueva. Despite valiant efforts by guide Pedro Lizabe to administer CPR, Raul’s condition deteriorated rapidly, leading to his passing around 10:10 pm, according to reports from Infobae magazine.

Challenges Faced on Aconcagua

This climbing season has witnessed an unusual surge in climbers on Aconcagua. However, the weather conditions have been persistently harsh, providing only fleeting windows for safe ascents. Steadfast winds and sinking temperatures have made the journey immensely challenging for climbers adding an extra layer of risk and difficulty to their already demanding endeavors.

Rescues and Struggles

Amid these tragic incidents, local medical services have been actively engaged in multiple rescue operations. One instance involved a Mexican climber who began exhibiting symptoms of altitude sickness around Plaza Colera. Over time, his condition worsened, necessitating a grueling overnight stay in the area’s compact, high-altitude medical facility. Thankfully, he eventually made a recovery, albeit after enduring a harrowing ordeal.


Furthermore, on January 1, a French climber and his Argentine guide encountered significant difficulties at an altitude exceeding 6,800 meters on Aconcagua, near the treacherous Canaleta. The climber displayed distressing signs of altitude sickness, compounded by severe fatigue and dehydration, while the guide battled similar symptoms alongside snow blindness. They were swiftly evacuated from the mountain via helicopter for urgent medical attention, as detailed by reports from Cumbres.

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