Mission: Aconcagua 2010

Project:

After 10 years of taking my first message of  “peace and solidarity” imitating the “call for attention” made by Children, to be heard once again I will climb the highest mountain in the 6 Continents, located in these majestic Andes, Mt. Aconcagua, with the event “The End is the Beginning at Great Heights”.Peace on the 6 Continents, but this time feeling one of the most important privileges of my life by having joined the International “World Without Wars” that is promoting the “World March for Peace and Non-Violence”.

Goal:

On behalf of all women, children, and elders of the world who suffer daily the violation of their rights, I will unfurl my message of faith, hope and peace for all humanity together with the banner of the World March, on 01/01/2010, from the world’s highest most inhabitable, Mt. Aconcagua at 6962 masl due to climate factors.

This is the first-ever World March for Peace and Nonviolence, whose starting point was in Wellington, New Zealand (where I was present), 2 October 2009, demanding an end to wars, the dismantling of the Nuclear Weapons and for an end to all forms of violence (physical, economic, racial, religious, cultural, sexual and psychological).

This start date was not chosen at random but has special significance: on October 2, 1869, Mahatma Gandhi was born and that date was later declared by the United Nations as “International Day of Nonviolence”.

The route of the The World March will last three months and will travel more than 160,000 kms through nearly one hundred countries with different languages, color, culture, idiosyncrasy, seasons and climates. They will go pass through 6 continents and, at the end, symbolically raise their flag of peace from Mt. Aconcagua, whose initiative was first undertaken by my.

The world by itself cannot change, we, the people, have to make this change by trying with just adding as little as a thousandth of a grain of sand on behalf of all humankind for a better world for everyone.

To learn more about each project can visit the relevant websites: www.mundosinguerras.org, www.marchamundial.org and here at www.victoriamanno.com.

General Information:

Tasks to be performed at great heighths are melting snow for water and cook on two diesel heaters, because the gas is frozen. The food is prepared inside the tent.

Apart from the risks inherent to the expedition, which are common in mountaineering, some serious drawbacks that I find during my ascent are the so called “white wind”, which blows violently sometimes during the day, and the extremely low temperatures (even during the middle of southern hemisphere’s summer) that can reach to -20 and -25 degrees and the wind factor can reach -50 degrees. The last stage can take me from 5 to 10 hours due to the strength of the wind.

I will not be able to stay at the summit more than one and a half hours due to the lack of oxygen at that altitude, to body exhaustion, and to the cold.

The Mountain:

As noted, at 6962 masl, Mt. Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas. It is situated in the Andes Mountain Range in Province of Mendoza approximately to 1342 miles west of Buenos Aires. It is a peak is a popular for mountainclimbers of all nationalities.

When we enter the Aconcagua Provincial Park, they will give me a trash bag to be delivered when I descend.

The ascent can be done by different routes, which different degrees of difficulty. The most difficult route is the southern slope, due to several sections with vertical walls of rock and ice. The northern slope is more easily accessible. The equipment, other than addition to clothing, consists of poles, ice spikes, crampons, double boots, sleeping bag and benzene heater.