Walking, Hiking & Trail Running

Footage: Mountain Hikers In Aconcagua Region Of Argentina Narrowly Escape Huge Landslide

One second more in the gully and these walkers would have been killed.

Screenshot: YouTube (Julian Insarralde).

Hiking, in this country especially, is often associated with middle-aged people going for gentle strolls in the Lincolnshire Wolds. And that’s fine. There’s plenty of nice hiking to be done in the Lincolnshire Wolds, and we’d encourage anyone to do it.

However, ever so often along comes some footage that blows apart the preconceived notions you have about how tame hiking can be. It reminds you that hiking, if you’re not careful, can properly fuck you up.

This truly shocking video, filmed in the Aconcagua region of Argentina, shows the terrifying moment some hikers were nearly swept away by an absolutely enormous landslide. It’s fair to say that a couple more seconds down in the gully, and these hikers would have been dead for sure. As close-shaves go, it’s right up there.

Photo: Mount Aconcagua.

The person who uploaded the video to YouTube had this to say about the exact location of the incident, “Avalanche en route linking Horcones (park entrance) and Confluence (first base of the Aconcagua).”

Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside of Asia, at 6,961 metres (22,838 ft). As a result of this, it’s the highest point in both the Western Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere. It’s located in the Andes range, 112 kilometres northwest of the city of Mendoza, and is one of the Seven Summits.

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