climbers working in the Seven Summit project will try to reach the summit of
Mount Vinson before December 20
members of the Andalucía-Antarctica 2004 expedition, Sevillans from Siete
Cumbres Sport Club Juan Antonio Huisa and Pedro López, have been two days in
Punta Arenas (Chile) before leaving to Antarctica, where they plan to crown
Mount Vinson (4,897 meters) before December 20.
Andalucian climbers have checked the last details of the complex preparation
before their trip, which included a meeting with the manager of Adventure
Logistics Expeditions (ALE), the only company in the world that does the
paperwork for activities in Antarctica, who informed them of the very harsh
conditions of the environment and about the many restrictions of the
warned in this meeting about the many dangers and extreme situations which we
will face. Starting with the flight from Punta Arenas to the scientific base
of Patriot Hill, which lasts some four hours, and which is considered the most
complex and dangerous flight in the world", said Huisa and López about the
difficulties they are about to face from now.
"Atmospheric instability, strong winds, and the landing itself of such a heavy
aircraft, the Hercules, in a landing strip of ice swept by winds, is an
odyssey. Until we step on Antarctica there is nothing certain, I mean, the
mission could be aborted in any moment, even the flight itself, because the
intensity of the wind changes by the minute", they warned.
Andalucian climbers noted before their departure the schedule that will take
them to the highest mountain of the frozen continent. "When we land, we have
to quickly unload tons of materials, so that the plane can leave as soon as
possible. And once in Patriot Hills, we will have the same situation of
uncertainty again, when we take the little Twin Otter plane, which will take
us near Vinson Base Camp".
López, once in base camp, will be on their own and they will begin their
adventure without porters or guides. Along with the Sevillans, there will be
four more expeditions in Antarctica these days, one of which comes from Korea
and another from the United Kingdom.
return will be on the 20th, but there is no certainty, because it is normal
that we have to wait even for a week for the conditions to be proper. We have
the obligation to take from Antarctica all the organic material we discard.
We will carry 55 kilos per person, and during at least 9 days we will be
bearing extreme weather conditions", said the climbers, who trust they will
end their ascent with success.
know if we can establish contact from Antarctica, so we say goodbye with this
press note and we hope with a lot of illusion to reach the objective, to crown
this ambitious and complex summit, and to offer Andalucía an important sports
challenge", said the Sevillans to end their note.
from Spanish by Jorge Rivera
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