Mount Aconcagua recorded the first death of the season, which would be a mountaineer who undertook “alone” to summit the highest peak in America, 6,962 meters above sea level, and the death occurred at 80 meters from the summit, sources from the Mountain Rescue and Assistance Patrol (UPRAM) of the Mendoza Police informed Télam.
The Police Rescue Patrol learned today through the notice of some mountain guides who alerted them about this unfortunate athlete, who would be a retired military man, and assigned two troops from that body to rescue the body, although it has not been had information on whether they have already arrived at the place because they are cut off from Plaza de Mulas.
In this sense, it is suspected that the victim would be a retired military man, due to indications of someone who had not returned to the shelters during the night.
However, having not been able to connect with the first police rescuers, the force has not yet been able to verify official information about the death, nor the identity of the victim, although they have already communicated it to the Uspallata Prosecutor’s Office.
Access to the Aconcagua summit was enabled on January 1, so, just 10 days after its opening, its first victim was claimed, which is the first in two years, since last season it was closed for the Covid restrictions, since you could only get to Laguna de los Horcones and the Plaza Francia shelter.
In the season prior to the start of the pandemic, Aconcagua had claimed a victim: on February 15, 2020, a Russian woman identified as Naililya Camcmahoba (38), who had been hit by a rock that fell off, when she was close to summit.
At that time, there had been no deaths on Aconcagua since the 2017-2018 season, which had not happened since 1991, and, logically, last year, when the Park was closed towards the summit.