Federico Campanini, an international Argentine guide, lost his life on Aconcagua in January 2009. Created in memory of Federico, The “El Fede” Campanini Foundation is dedicated to providing information, guidance, training and financial assistance to support ongoing efforts to improve mountain rescue on Aconcagua and in other commercial climbing areas.
The endeavor will not be easy, but it is possible through the support from those who share Federico’s love for the mountains.
Today, November 15th, is the official start date of the Aconcagua season. Unfortunately, the season will begin with fewer park rangers due to a strike. The park rangers are asking for better pay as well as better working conditions.
Such issues continue to affect the infrastructure of this mountain. However, the “El Fede” Campanini” foundation hopes that individuals, companies, and other organizations that work on this mountain will continue in their efforts to make the mountain safer. Here’s to a safe season.
The purpose of the trip is to continue to improve the efforts to make this mountain safer. The 3 rescue caches that were installed in January 2010–one year after Federico Campanini’s death–have had immense success in aiding the rescues on the mountain.
The amount of rescues and evacuations that this mountain sees is astounding, over 200 is a normal amount. Unfortunately, Aconagua’s 2013 seasons was also touched by tragedy and death. As a result, the rescue caches have been depleted. The foundation’s goal is to return and change the containers as well as refill them with necessary equipment such as oxygen, Skeds and first aid kits.
The “El Fede” Campanini Foundation participated, once again, in Ashford, Washington’s annual Mountain Fest, September 14-15. The foundation sold hats made by mountain climber/guide Katy Laveck and raised a bit of funds to help in the foundation’s ongoing efforts to move Aconcagua, as well as other commercial mountains, towards adequate rescue standards.
Thank you to RMI and everyone else that helped support the foundation’s presence at the festival.
The first Mountain Conference was held in Mendoza, Argentina from August 3-5th. The conference featured Argentine climbers, workshops on high-altitude medicine, as well as information sessions on mountain safety, rescue and future projects for the national parks in Argentina.
The Mountain Fest was a great experience and success this year.It began with returning to Camp Muir and putting one sticker on RMI’s shack under a big, blue and clear sky, with open snow fields below and memories everywhere.
Back in Ashford the grassroots efforts of the foundation to raise money for rescue equipment and training began with a communal dinner in the employee housing. Basically, everyone offered any food that they had. Every bit of effort resulted in a feast and a celebration of the mountaineering feast and remembering Federico Campanini.
The next two days at Mountain Fest were emotional and fruitful as we were able to raise money to getting closer to our goals. We sold t-shirts and hats made by Katy Laveck.
Others gave some donations of what they could.
Eric Schafer participated in a speed boulder climb at the festival and donated his winnings ($75) to the foundation.
Thanks to everyone who helped in the efforts to keep moving Aconcagua.