A mountaineer in the jungle

Ulises “Uli” Corvalán is Grajales Expeditions’ Mountain Manager and the “dean” of our guides. He is at ease in the harsh environment of the extreme altitude; he has reached the summit of Mt. Aconcagua more than 50 times and has led clients to the top of Mt. Everest. When he’s not guiding, he is in […]

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Don Gilberto Salazar, the forgotten pioneer

This Chilean gaucho of legenday strength reached 6.560m in Aconcagua’s first known summit attempt.  Güssfeldt, Zurbriggen, FitzGerald; these are well known names, the pioneers of Aconcagua. They have become a part of Aconcagua and they have a place in history and in the field, with glaciers and peaks named after them. But the stories of […]

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Aconcagua, primus inter pares

Some facts about the Central Andes, land of “sixthousands” So you are tent-bound at 5,400m in Mt. Aconcagua. It snows but the wind has calmed down. How cold is it out there, you don`t know; the stove has warmed up the tent, and besides you and your tent-mate are buried in the lofty down of […]

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An Alpinist in the Andes: the speed record of Thomas Bubendorfer in the South Face of Aconcagua

In December of 1990, a young Austrian climber planted his two tents at the the base of Mt. Aconcagua’s South Face, a lonely place in those days. The mules that carried his cache of food and gear also carried a wooden structure that the arrieros (muleteers) put together in the campsite. The climber was Thomas Bubendorfer, […]

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The climbing season is on the way!

A new mountaineering season has begun in Mt. Aconcagua. The mules have been brought to the mountain from their winter fields; the tents and the domes have been set up in the camps. The “campamenteros” (Aconcagua jargon meaning BC managers and staff) have moved to the “cloth cities” that they call home for three months […]

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