Summit of South America
4 1/2” x 5 3/4” • 96 pages • color photographs and diagrams throughout
ISBN 9781898481515 • paperback/waterproof • $14.95
Many people have written accounts of their own successful completion of the seven summits, but nobody has before published the practical details of how to prepare yourself, how to organize and book an expedition, how to choose your route, what level of fitness you really need and how to prevent and manage altitude sickness. Written, edited and designed by climbers for climbers, these books tell the truth about what it’s really like on the mountain, with step-by-step detail on each route. Lavishly illustrated and in full color, they are both beautiful and collectable, making ideal gifts.
Of the seven continental summits, Aconcagua (at 22,840 ft) lies second only to Everest. Yet it is surprisingly free of snow and ice, and experienced hikers can reach the roof of the Americas without technical expertise. However, it is one of the world’s highest and toughest treks. The author has summited twice by both the main trekking routes. He explains in detail how to tackle the Normal and Polish Traverse routes, with a useful summary on the Polish Glacier.
Born in 1970 in the Netherlands, Harry Kikstra lives in Amsterdam. Since gaining a Master's degree in business management, he has combined commercial work with an adventurous life that takes him all over the world. He created his popular website 7summits in 1999 when he became a full-time adventurer, organizer and leader of expeditions, including some TV productions. He has climbed all seven summits of the seven continents, including Everest from both Nepal and Tibet.
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