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
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.
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
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
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