The South America 3 Peaks Project is a 4-week expedition to the High Andes in Argentina & Chile to climb the 3 highest peaks in South America (Aconcagua, Ojos del Salado, Monte Pissis). This expedition is part of a long-term “Triple 7 Summits project” to climb the three highest peaks on each of the seven continents – a feat no one has accomplished before.
Ricky and Carolina have partnered with ASC to make more of their adventure. While climbing the three highest peaks in South America they will be collecting samples of microbes on rocks to help understand the way these mountain ecosystems function, snow and ice samples to help researchers understand the rate and extent of glacial thinning, and repeat photographs of glaciers to better understand and quantify glacial retreat.
Here’s a video from Ricky collecting his first rock sample on Monte Pissis: