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  Dr. Larry Rigsby heads to Aconcagua Solo


Larry Rigsby MD, Internal Medicine physician who practices in Chattanooga, TN, and Mountaineer has a great interest in High Altitude Medicine and Physiology. His expeditions include Denali, Everest, Ama Dablam and Moose's tooth. Larry is now headed to Aconcagua.

Hi EverestNews.com, Very busy finalizing details for the Aconcagua climb. Have had some last minute change in plans. I was planning on climbing the Polish Glacier route with Bryan Bonser. Bryan and I climbed on Ama Dablam together. Bryan did the Normal route in February of this year.

We learned that due to the heavy snows that the mules could not transport our gear thru the Vacas and  Relinchos valleys into Plaza Argentina, basecamp for the Polish glacier route. We did learn that the Horcones valley was open and the Normal route via the NW ridge was a possibility.

After lengthy discussions Bryan and I decided that it would be best for him to postpone his trip and attempt the Polish glacier later this season. Since I was unable to postpone I have elected to go solo via the Normal route.

Bags are all packed and I hope I have not forgotten anything. EverestGear.com was very helpful with suggestions on gear, food etc. I leave out of Atlanta tommorow night, arriving in Mendoza Argentina on Sat Dec. 4th. Hope to begin Trek into basecamp on Sunday 5th. Will keep you posted ~ Larry Rigsby

 

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