Cerro Aconcagua: 22,841 ft.
Truly the “Roof of the Americas,” Cerro Aconcagua, at 22,841 ft. (6,962 meters) is not only the highest mountain in South America, but also the highest peak outside of Asia. The name Aconcagua is most likely a derivative of the Incan words Akon Cahuak, meaning Stone Sentinel. Located on the Chilean – Argentine border, it is easily accessed through the Argentine city of Mendoza. Read Todd’s essay, reflecting on 20 years of climbing Aconcagua.