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  ANDALUCIAN CLIMBERS WILL ATTEMPT TO REACH THEIR FOURTH SUMMIT IN THE SEVEN SUMMITS PROJECT BY CROWNING MOUNT VINSON


Climbers Juan Antonio Huisa and Pedro López will start early December this adventure in Antarctica, which is sponsored by the Junta.

Andalucian climbers Juan Antonio Huisa and Pedro López will attempt to reach their fourth summit in the Seven Summits project by crowning Mount Vinson (4,897 m.) in Antarctica.  The Antarctic adventure, which is sponsored by the Andalucian Government, will take place in December, during the austral summer, which allows better weather conditions and daylight for 24 hours a day.

The counsel of Turismo, Comercio y Deporte, Paulino Plata, presented today in a press conference the 'Andalucia-Antarctica' Expedition along with the two Andalucian climbers, who have been also met by the president of the Junta, Manuel Chaves.  The departure towards the austral region from Sevilla will be next December 3 and they plan to be back on the 23rd.

Paulino Plata, who wished luck to the team, said that Mount Vinson is a great challenge due to its immense logistics complexity needed to get to a place so far away and with so low temperatures.  In that sense, he added that around the summit, during austral winter, temperatures as extreme as -88º Celsius have been recorded, as well as winds of up to 320 Km/Hr.

Juan Antonio Huisa said that one of the big inconveniences they will have to face is the weight of their loads (50 kilos) which they will have to carry themselves.  "In Antarctica there are conditions as in no other mountain in the world, no infrastructure, no guides, no porters, so we have to be completely autonomous.  It will be Pedro and I all by ourselves", he said.

Huisa and López have been preparing the trip for about a year and a half, they will use sledges to transport all the materials and they will carry fuel, telecommunications equipment (GPS, satellite phone, portable computer, still and video cameras) and food for a lot of days, besides all the climbing gear to bear the most extreme conditions of the planet.

Seven Summits

The Seven Summits project is based on reaching the summit of the highest peak in every continent, -dividing America in two-.  The mountains are Everest (Nepal, Asia), Aconcagua (Argentina, South America), McKinley (Alaska, North America), Mount Kosciusko/Carstenz Pyramid (Australia/Indonesia, Oceania), Mount Vinson (Antarctica), Elbrus (Rusia, Europe) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania, Africa).

The first climbers to achieve the Seven Summits project were the Americans Dick Bass and Frank Wells, who finished their seventh summit by climbing Everest in 1985.  So far, four Spanish climbers have accomplished the project with success, but this would be the first time for an Andalucian team.

Andalucians on the summit

Since they reached the summit of Kilimanjaro (5,895 m.) in September 2002, the Andalucian climbers have crowned Mount Kosciusko and Elbrus, so the Antarctic expedition is the middle of the Seven Summit Andalucian project.  Juan Antonio Huisa said he plan to succeed in this expedition and to do Aconcagua and McKinley in 2005.

The Andalucian climbers have made diverse preparatory expeditions (High Atlas in Morocco, Cordillera Blanca in Peru, Dolomites in Italy and Mont Blanc in France) before their Antarctic adventure.  Huisa thanked the media for their air time, and the institutional support, and added "we have demonstrated and Andalucia has elite sportsmen in this discipline".

Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte is the main sponsor in this expedition, with an amount of 60,000 Euros, besides Consejería de Presidencia, City of Sevilla, Instituto Municipal de Deportes, city agencies, Merkamueble and Canal Sur.  Also as collaborators are The North Face, Estadio Deportivo, and Sevilla F. C. among others.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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