Engineered For Adventure: Aconcagua Expedition


Hello friends, family, and fellow outdoor enthusiasts!  As you may already know, the Engineered for Adventure team is incredibly excited to commence our expedition to summit Aconcagua in less than one month!  Information about this expedition can still be found below, but in the meantime, we have an INCREDIBLE NEW DEVELOPMENT!

We are in talks with an experienced filmmaker named Katie Hawkins Locatelli who, if the finances can be arranged, would be able to join us on the expedition!  Being able to bring a professional cinematographer along with us would be an expedition-altering development, because not only will it allow for the creation of far superior media content, it will allow the team to focus more heavily on the technical aspects of the trekking itself!

As college students on a tight budget who are self-organizing and self-promoting a high-level expedition, we would greatly appreciate your support in underwriting some of the remaining logistical costs associated with the trip. Some of the larger remaining expenses include:

Financing the travel for Katie, our filmmaker
A small drone for cinematography
Financing the remainder of the climbing permits required by the Argentinian government

All those who donate will receive highlights on the team's website, and large donors can even receive a place on the expedition team's flag and shirts!  More information for these larger sponsorship benefits can be found here !

Follow us throughout our training and on the expedition on our Facebook and Instagram pages, @engineeredforadventure!


These expedition team consists of expedition leader Sam Chaneles, expedition members Andrew Speirs and Shivam Patel, and one freelance cinematographer. Never before has there been a self-organized group of enrolled Georgia Tech students to attempt a summit climb of Aconcagua. The expedition team will, in addition to the summit pursuit, collect content during the expedition for a short film focusing on the outdoor and adventure culture of STEM students. The film will focus on the detailed technical preparation for the expedition (planning spreadsheets, gear analysis, nutritional breakdowns, etc.) and how these preparations directly parallel the engineering course-work in progress by the expedition team and STEM students worldwide.

In December 2019, the team will set out to climb the Western Hemisphere’s tallest peak: Aconcagua (22,841′). Headed by expedition leader Sam Chaneles, the team is comprised of engineering students looking to marry their passion for analytical problem solving with outdoor adventure. Over the course of 2019, the team has been preparing for the mountain through rigorous training, both in the gym and in the mountains.

The expedition team is self-organized, meaning we will not be climbing through a guided service. Our plan is to ascend via the False Polish Traverse Route, starting in the Vacas Valley and traversing around the backside of the mountain to Camp Berlin, whereby we will make our summit attempt. We will then descend from the mountain through the Horcones Valley.

The aim of the expedition is to highlight the similarities between engineering sciences and mountaineering; in the same way that engineers analyze problems, mountaineers analyze risks, formulate contingency plans, and establish meticulous calculations in preparations for their outdoor pursuits. We will be creating a feature length documentary to tell the story, focusing on the narrative of the student in the outdoor arena.


  • Sonya Gande 
    • $10 
    • 11 mos
  • Cathy Erwin 
    • $10 
    • 11 mos
  • Jett Gallagher 
    • $10 
    • 18 mos

Fundraising team: Engineered For Adventure (3)

Sam Chaneles 
Atlanta, GA
Andrew Speirs 
Team member
Raised $10 from 1 donation
Shivam Patel 
Team member
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