Suzanne Sunny Stroeer is attempting the fastest ascent of Aconcagua after circumnavigating the highest mountain in South America.
She wrote on her blog on Jan. 31, “I’ve been on Aconcagua for more than a month now, and I feel well-acclimatized and set-up to attempt a big run along the 360* route.
“The weather is looking decent, I have supplies in place along the route, and I’ve got ranger permission to run from the road straight to basecamp (rather than breaking up the 40km trail into the typical three day approach which is standard).
“With that, there’s only one thing left to do: get a good night’s rest and hit the trail in the morning.” Read more here.
Paul Gagner, a Yosemite big wall climber, is updating Stroeer’s social media and you can follow along on the GPS tracker here.
Gagner wrote on Instagram, “She’s doing it. As I write this she is at 15,700 feet, in the dark, on Aconcagua doing the first women’s ascent of the 360 loop in a push.
“She still has a long way to go. But she’s motoring… Send Sunny positive vibes!”
On Feb. 2, she had a short delay due to permit problems. “She got started right on time this morning for her Aconcagua 360 in a push attempt,” said Gagner.
“However she wasn’t allowed admittance to the park, even though she had a permit. After a lot of hassling with the park they finally issued her a new permit (at a cost of an extra $730) and started about three hours later than she wanted.”
Aconcagua is the second tallest of the Seven Summits and sits deep in the Andes on the western edge of Argentina, near the Chilean border. The Normal Route climbs up the northwest face through three camps.
Sending good vibes to Stroeer on her big climb down south.
@clmbrlifr here posting on behalf of Sunny. Sunny got started right on time this morning for her #Aconcagua 360 in a push attempt. However she wasn’t allowed admittance to the park, even though she had a permit. After a lot of hassling with the park they finally issued her a new permit (at a cost of an extra $730) and started about three hours later than she wanted. As I write this (3:30 MST) she is moving well. Is at just under Argentina basecamp. She is motoring well. Wish her luck as she will have a long cold night. Probably summiting around 3-5pm (MST) tomorrow evening. You can follow her GPS track in her profile, and I’ll update everyone here as the trip develops. #chasingsunshine #adventure @mountainhardwear @backpackerspantry