Andalucia-America 2005 Expedition, which is sponsored by the Junta (of the
City of Andalucia), achieves their first challenge of the year and wait for
the next ascent to Aconcagua
Juan Antonio Huisa and Pedro Lopez added the fifth summit to the Andalucian
"Seven Summits" project after crowning Mount McKinley (6,194m) in Alaska. The
ascent to this summit was done during the Andalucia-America 2005 Expedition,
which is sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte and that also
includes the ascent to Aconcagua (6,962 meters) this year, in Argentina.
Sevillan climbers in their new adventure on the North American continent have
reached to the summit on their second attempt at 10:30, Spain time, after
having been 10 days above 5,000 meters and withstanding seven consecutive days
of storm. According to what they said from the summit, "it has been very
hard, we are exhausted but happy to go back with our work done".
extreme weather, with temperatures between -35º and -40º Celsius, one of the
main difficulties of McKinley - also known as Delani ("the biggest") by the
Eskimo natives - is that this is the mountain with the largest altitude
difference in the world (4,000 meters). Another inconvenience the climbers
had was the weight of their loads, between 50-60 kilos.
López ascended with other 150 climbers from Spain and other countries,
although they were the only ones that could withstand all the days of the
storm in a high altitude camp. "Our presence was very notable. We were told
that in inferior camps they said that there were two Sevillans that had been
high on the mountain for a long time. We were the only ones who could
withstand the seven days", they explained.
de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte is the main sponsor in this expedition,
supporting with 50,000 euros which, added to the support that has been given
in previous occasions, sum 119,000 euros in three years. Along with
Consejería, other sponsors are the City of Sevilla, municipal companies,
Andalucia's Radio and Television (RTVA) and Merkamueble, among others.
Andalucian climbers reached the summit of Kilimanjaro in December 2002 and
then Mount Kosciusko and Elbrus; while last year they crossed the equator of
the Andalucian Seven Summits project crowning Mount Vinson in Antarctica.
After the Andalucia-America 2005 Expedition, which includes McKinley, -the
fifth crowned summit- and Aconcagua, their last challenge will be ascending
Summits project is based on crowning the highest peak of each continent -
dividing America in two - and is made by Everest (Nepal, Asia), Aconcagua
(Argentina, South America), McKinley (Alaska, North America), Mount Kosciusko
/ Cartenz Pyramid (Australia / Indonesia, Oceania); Mount Vinson (Antarctica),
Elbrus (Russia, Europe) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania, Africa).
climbers who could finish the Seven Summit projects were Dick Bass and Frank
Wells, from North America, who finished their seventh summit climbing Everest
in 1985. So far, four Spanish climbers have been able to complete the project
with success, but this would be the firsts time that it is done by a team of
from Spanish by Jorge Rivera
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