Aconcagua

Aconcagua, an altitude record by motorcycle

Aconcagua is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 6.961m (22,838ft) above the sea level, located in the Andes mountain range, in the Mendoza Province, Argentina. It’s one of the highest roads of South America.

It's one of the highest roads of Argentina. On January 14th, 1977, five Spanish riders with Bultaco Sherpa T 183 specifically adapted for the mission, climbed up to this peak, the highest mountain outside of Asia, beating an altitude record by motorcycle. The climb of the Expedició Moto Igualada – Aconcagua – Amazones was simply terrible. Do not take this drive if you have respiratory problems or any type of heart condition. Notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Extremely low oxygen for engine combustion. A major hazard of altitude is the sickness that can indiscriminately affect anyone regardless of age or fitness. The summit has about 40% less oxygen than at sea level, thus breathing is more difficult. Your pulse rate will increase and movement will be more laborious at the summit. The high elevation with its risk of altitude sickness, weather concerns, steep road grade, and overall inaccessibility make the pass dangerous and summit trips difficult.
Pic: http://hemeroteca-paginas.mundodeportivo.com/EMD01/HEM/1977/02/20/MD19770220-035.pdf

 

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