Aconcagua Climbing – Remember to trust your mind

Being tall can also cause you to urinate more frequently and weaken your thirst response (you don’t usually feel thirsty, you have to force yourself to drink), putting you at a greater danger of dehydration. If you do not realize it, they appear: headache, muscle cramps, and the chances of suffering frostbites, issues with solar radiation, hypothermia, and acute mountain sickness dramatically increase.

Above 4000 meters (Plaza de Mulas), it is better to drink between 3 and 4 liters of liquid to hydrate. This is very important to drink water on an-Aconcagua Expedition since the water that comes from direct snow (melting snow) without added does not hydrate enough. Above 5000 meters, it is already convenient to take between 4 and 5 liters per day.

Concerning the drinks and liquids that can help us to hydrate the most in altitude. They said that cold tea is better than a hot one. Any of these is better to mate (which generally adds liquid but does not hydrate). Coffee, instant soups are a good resource for the proportion of sodium, fat, dehydrated vegetables, etc.

Isotonic powdered drinks, powdered juices in sachets collaborate to have variety in daily consumption.

It is imperative to have the designated containers. In this case, it is also good to have variety here, including a 2-liter bag with a hose, two wide-mouth bottles, a 1-liter thermos, and an airtight jug, for the different moments of the expedition and also not to mix liquids. The juice goes in a bottle, water in another, soup in the jug, the tea in the thermos, etc.

How often have we heard about Aconcagua Hike? You can only eat polenta, rice, and noodles? However, developing culinary skills in natural environments represents one of the most rewarding tasks. The options are endless. We can carry fresh products such as fruits, vegetables, and even meats in the same backpack. The menus will have to be carried out, the place, and the way of access. In the mountains, we cannot afford to eat absolutely anything for breakfast as some do. In the hills, those who do not eat well go home.

And here, it is not mentioned that the food must be rich in carbohydrates, proteins, etc. In typical situations, eating some energy every two hours, four meals a day, and staying well hydrated are enough. You cannot and should not skimp on food. Our security also depends on it. Climb Aconcagua, and in altitude, the lack of appetite is usually another indicator that we have problems with acclimatization. That is why incorporating various foods, and nutrients (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) is essential. It isn’t easy to carry and keep fresh foods such as meat and dairy for days, but it is very important to try them. Vegetables and fruits are other inconveniences in the second part of the expedition, but if proper maintenance is achieved, they can be regulated.