Sean D. Tucker Sets Sights on Tallest Mountain in Southern Hemisphere
Sean Tucker climbs Kilimanjaro in 2013 and will soon attempt to summit Argentina's Aconcagua, the tallest peak in the Southern Hemisphere.
January 22, 2014 - On Friday, January 24, aerobatic legend and EAA Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker departs for Argentina where he will attempt to summit the tallest peak in the Southern Hemisphere, Aconcagua, in honor of the successful EAA youth aviation education program.
Tucker's climb will take place over three weeks and he's inviting the world to follow along via social media sites Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, where updates and photos will be provided by his team as news becomes available.
"Challenging ourselves can bring incredible joy and a deep sense of accomplishment," Tucker said. "It can open new doors of opportunity and understanding. "For me, challenging boundaries through aviation and adventures such as mountain climbing has enriched my life. I hope that when people - and especially kids - see that I can take on a new challenge, that it inspires them to pursue their own dreams."
About Aconcagua and the Route
Aconcagua is one of the renowned Seven Summits. At 22,841 feet, it is the highest point on Earth outside of the Himalayas and its flanks hold some of the most difficult big mountain routes in the world.
Tucker's route will follow a variation of the "False Polish," in the capable hands of Washington-based, International Mountain Guides. The route will approach the mountain through the Vacas and Relinchos Valleys and uses the first camp on the False Polish. From there, it traverses over to the higher camps on the Guanacos route. The final camp is higher than the False Polish High Camp which makes for a more attainable summit day. The route then traverses the mountain and descends the normal trek to Plaza de Mulas.