Juan Antonio Huisa and Pedro
López will climb Villarrica Volcano (2,47 meters) in Chile, at the beginning
of December, as preparation before flying to Antarctica.
The Andalucia Antarctica
Expedition, sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte through
Deporte Andaluz, has finished the definitive schedule for the adventure of the
two members of CD Siete Cumbres, Juan Antonio Huisa and Pedro López, which
will take place beginning December 3.
During 2004 both climbers
have done diverse preparatory expeditions (High Atlas in Morocco, Cordillera
Blanca in Peru, Dolomites in Italy and Mont Blanc in France), which have
preceded the Antarctic adventure.
The Andalucian climbers
wanted to take a gigantic leap on their Seven Summits Project and that is why
they have decided to attempt to climb the highest summit in Antarctica, Mount
Vinson, 4,897 meters, which implies a lot of effort and total dedication to
try to crown one of the most difficult peaks in the world, because of its
logistic complexity and because temperature there reaches 50º below zero.
To the west of the frozen
continent, there are several mountain chains, like Centinel Mountains of
Ellsworth Mountains. Mount Vinson with its 4,897 m. is the highest peak in
this chain and in the entire Antarctica. The expedition will take place
during the month of December, during the austral summer, with 24 hours of
A major inconvenience will be
that they will have to carry their loads themselves. Antarctica has
conditions unlike any other mountain in the world, there is no infrastructure,
no guides, no porters, and they could not be restocked while they are there.
Because of all these, they
will have to be auto sufficient and carry a load of some 50 kg, using sleds to
transport food for many days, gas, telecommunication materials (GPS, satellite
phone, portable computer, video and still cameras) and heavy and diverse
climbing materials to bear with the most extreme conditions on the planet.
Sevilla - Madrid - Santiago
de Chile, the capital of Chile. Last paperwork and trip by train Santiago -
Puerto Montt to reach the town of Temuco, 675 km south of Santiago.
The first destination will be
Pucón, a little village on the shore of black sanded Lake Villarrica, with the
symmetrical cone of the wet volcano of the same name raising in the
background. Villarrica Volcano, perfect and sharp like a snowy peak, is today
an active volcano from which sulfuric fumes constantly raise and lava is
clearly visible. With its 2,847 m., this volcano will be the first contact
with the mountain, which will be useful to prepare for Mount Vinson.
From Pucón back to Puerto
Montt to sail to Punta Arenas (the last stop in Tierra del Fuego). Last
preparations, stocking, flight check to Antarctica, permits, authorizations
As soon as the weather
permits, they will take a Hercules plane towards Antarctica. The flight time
from Punta Arenas to the Canadian base of Patriot Hills is around 6 h.,
depending on the wind. From the plane, if the weather is good, you can see
Charcot and Alexander islands at 71º latitude. Alexander is a large island in
the Bellingshausen Sea separated from land by the strait of George IV.
The trip continues until you
can see in the distance the spectacular Ellsorth Mountains, the highest
mountains in Antarctica. Flying above Ellsworth a landing strip can be seen,
a frozen area located at 1,000 m. above sea level. Just after getting to
Patriot Hills, they have to take a Twin Otter plane to fly to base camp of
Vinson; this trip can take one hour and fifteen minutes. After a landing on
the skis of the light plane that can keep going between ten to fifteen
kilometers because of inertia, they will have to install in base camp.
During the next twelve days
they will try to make it to the summit, leaving some slack days in case the
weather gets bad. Base camp is located at 2,300 m. on the west ridge of
Ellsworth. Once everything is organized and settled they will begin to carry
materials to install camp I, located at 2,600 m. From base camp they have to
climb by the narrow valley of Branscom Glacier and the route climbs with big
cracks, during two miles (3 km) up to camp I.
If everything goes fine they
will install camp I in two trips; and from there they will begin their way to
camp II. After an almost flat trip of three hours to the northeast the slope
begins. Always to the northeast, and after three hours, a ridge that blocks
Vinson can be passed, climbing it via a canal (40º) facing South, which can be
seen in the front.
There is a balcony at 3,200
m., and then a slope leading down to a glacial valley at the bottom of the
southwest vertices of Vinson, a protected point at 3,100 m. of altitude.
After a 2 Km climb we arrive to camp II at 3,300 m.
Camp III, the last camp, is
located at 3,750 m. The route continues to the northeast, now through an ice
cascade with hidden crevasses covered by spurious layers of fragile snow, that
make the march difficult. Then we arrive to a wide and exposed port between
Mount Shinn and Mount Vinson, where camp III will be located. In this windy
place, it will be necessary to shelter the tents with walls of ice.
From the Col, to the south
east, a glacial valley of a soft slope leads to the summit zone of the
mountain in some 6 or 7 hours. The main summit raises in the background to
the right. With luck and effort we will have crowned the summit of Mount
Vinson, the roof of Antarctica. From here, we will begin the return to the
lower camps until we get to base camp.
The light plane will take the
members of the expedition back to Patriot Hills, where they will take the
Hercules plane towards Punta Arenas for a delightful and calm flight while
seeing the beautiful images that the mysterious and unknown continent has to
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