Two Climbers Die on Aconcagua

Succumbed to altitude sickness

Aconcagua     Photo: Beatriz Moisset

Two Americans died on the highest mountain in the Americas over the weekend due to complications from altitude sickness. Eric Nourse and David Reinhart were climbing Aconcagua, a 22,841-foot peak near Mendoza, Argentina, via the Polish Glacier Direct route when Reinhart became ill at about 22,000 feet. Nourse set out to find a way down, but died in high camp after going to sleep in his tent. "We carried our gear up the mountain, and after a little catnap [Eric] would carry it back down," said brother Greg Nourse, who accompanied the pair on the climb. "He was never concerned about dying." On Tuesday, porters found Reinhart's body 150 feet above the camp where he had stayed.

Via Denver Post

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