Attempting Aconcagua: my first experience with extreme altitude

It was summit day. I woke up feeling depleted, in an ice-lined tent nestled 6000 metres up the side of the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas. Every ounce of my being questioned if I had the energy left for the 14-hour day I faced. As I struggled even to put my boots on, I wondered how this novice mountaineer had got here, and why I’d gone to such extremes.

07th Feb