An expedition team formed by three Belgium mountaineers Ivan Knaepen, Jozef "Jo" Vandeberg and Willem Peeters and their SPONDYLUS mountain guide Adrian Germishuizen, made a challenging trek with a climb to the Lascar Volcano (5605m / 18390feet) in order to help acclimatize the three alpinists to reach the objective of their trip: the ascent for Mount Aconcagua (6962m / 22842feet).
The region of San Pedro de Atacama, a zone of transition between the desert and the altiplano, hosted the 4-day acclimatization period. The team went for various 6 to 9 hour treks, in order to prepare for the expedition above 5000m.
After this, another stop in the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama was made, to be able to rest and to get ready for the ascent of the Lascar Volcano. The climb started at sunrise on the 14th of January, in the very remote and inhospitable volcanic area. At 13:27, the whole group reached the summit (5605m / 18390feet). Exhausted but beaming with joy, the three climbers and their guide Adrian, congratulated each other on a job well done. The view over the Atacama salt flats surrounded by countless volcanoes helped to forget the strong effort of the climb. The excellent weather conditions, allowed the group to take the time necessary to enjoy the mixture of feelings experienced in their victory.
Enriched by this unforgettable experience, the group went back to San Pedro de Atacama achieving the goal of every expedition: The safe and sound return of all the participants. The group as well as the guide Adrian, were all very satisfied with the result of the tour: "You guys did a very good job!"
Afterwards, the Belgians took their flight to Mendoza, where another, bigger, challenging and demanding adventure was waiting for them: the climb to the highest mountain of the Americas, Mount Aconcagua (6962m / 22842feet). SPONDYLUS feels very glad on the excellent result of this preparation tour. We did our best to help this group on its way to the roof of the Andes. GOOD LUCK!!