Friday, November 10, 2006

Backcountry.com Athlete Nate Smith off to Aconcagua

Nate Smith, one of Backcountry.com's sponsored Nate Smith high on Mount Rainier - photo by Michael Buchananathletes will be headed to Aconcagua next month. Yea, so what, just another climber headed off to climb one of the Seven Summits. Right? Not exactly.

Most climbers who head to Aconcagua attempt the mountain with a guide service who employs mules to ferry gear to base camp and beyond. As they climb the mountain they'll set up multiple camps and do gear carries to higher camps before descending to sleep at a lower camp.

Nate is headed to Aconcagua to attempt a solo alpine style climb. Additionally he'll be carrying all of his gear to base camp rather than employ pack mules to do so.

At 20 years old Nate is the youngest guide for Exum Mountain Guides (one of the premier guide services in North America) and has guided Mount Shasta and Mount Rainier for Sierra Wilderness Seminars. He is a junior at the University of Utah.

The UofU Daily Chronicle published an article yesterday about Nate and his up coming climb. Check it out.

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