It took 9
hours for the Andalucian climbers of Siete Cumbres Sports Club from camp 3 to
the roof of the Antarctic continent
The climbers of the Siete
Cumbres club Juan Antonio Huisa and Pedro López have reached this morning the
summit of Mount Vinson (4,897 meters), the highest altitude mark in
Antarctica. Last morning the climbers left early from camp 3 and it took them
nine hours to complete the trail from the last altitude camp to the summit of
Vinson. The temperature on the summit was -15º Celsius.
The Sevillans Huisa and López
waited in camp 3 for the weather to improve to attempt the objective which was
finally completed with success. "We have climbed very well with one of the
expeditions which are here ahead of us and another expedition behind, who are
right now on the ridge not far from here. The weather is not as bad as the
one we had yesterday in camp 3 and with the clothes we are wearing we didn't
have problems with the temperature. It has been hard, but we are very
satisfied", the climbers said to Deporte Andaluz from the summit of the
Antarctic mountain, moments before they had a telephone contact with the
president of Junta de Andalucía, Manuel Chaves.
The Andalucian climbers,
members of the Siete Cumbres S. C. are sponsored by Consejería de Turismo,
Comercio y Deporte through Deporte Andaluz. With the conquest of Mount
Vinson, the climbers add their fourth summit after Kilimanjaro (Tanzania),
Elbrus (Russia) and Mount Kosciusko (Australia). Both will attempt in 2005 to
climb Aconcagua (Argentina) and McKinley (Alaska) and will end the project of
climbing the highest mountains of each continent with Everest (Nepal, Asia).
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