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  ANDALUCIA - AMERICA 2005 EXPEDITION


 

 

Seven Summits will attempt to climb in 2005 the American roofs of McKinley (6,194 m) in Alaska and Aconcagua (6,962 m) in Argentina

Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte through Deporte Andaluz will sponsor the Andalucía America 2005 Expedition which plans to attack the two higher peaks in America, the McKinley (Alaska, USA) of 6,194 m. and the roof of North America, and the Aconcagua (Argentina) of 6,962 m. and the higher altitude in South America.  The expedition to McKinley will take place in very technical weather conditions.  Aconcagua is the highest mountain in all of America, as well as the higher in the world outside Asia.  It is known because of its strong winds and low temperatures.  Besides this new expeditions of the Seven Summits Sport Club, Sevillan climbers Juan Antonio Huista and Pedro López will also have important preparation expeditions this year, like the one to Atlas in Morocco, Lenin Peak in Kyrgyzstan in the Pamir mountain system and the Himalayas.

The success achieved in 2004 during Andalucia-Antarctica 2004 Expedition, in which Andalucians crowned the highest peak of Antarctica for the first time, and the intense preparation during the whole year in Morocco (Atlas), Italy (Dolomites), France (Mont Blanc) and Perú (Cordillera Blanca), have placed them beyond the middle of the Seven Summits Project.

The objective of this enormous and fascinating project is to crown the highest peak of every continent, splitting America in two, covering these mountains: Everest (Nepal, Asia), Aconcagua (Argentina, South America), McKinley (Alaska, North America), Mount Kosciusko / Carstensz Pyramid (Australia / Indonesia, Oceania), Mount Vinson (Antartica), Elbrus (Russia, Europe), and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania, Africa).

Since 2002 they have achieved four continents: Africa, Europe, Oceania and finally Antarctica recently.  This challenge is a dream for many climbers and adventurers worldwide but it has two big problems, one is economic since the cost of the whole project is very elevated and the other is the technical difficulty of such emblematic summits as Everest or McKinley, or inhospitable and adverse as Mount Vinson in Antarctica.  It is definitively a challenge against Planet Earth.

Junta de Andalucia through His Excelency, the President of Junta de Andalucía, Manuel Chaves, and from the Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte with His Excelency, the Major of Sevilla, Alfredo Sánchez, the Municipal Agencies and Instituto de Deportes also support this sports challenge since its beginning.  Other companies and institutions like RTVA, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, F. C., and the firm Merkamueble also contribute, and without their important support it would not be possible to achieve these sports success for Andalucía.

In 2005 the Seven Summits challenge will have an important leap with the difficult task of attacking the two American roofs of McKinley (Alaska, USA,  6,194 m), the roof of North America and Aconcagua (Argentina, 6,962 m), the roof of South America.

These two expeditions are a difficult feat.  The McKinley expedition will take place in very extreme artic weather conditions, which could go down to 40º below zero (Celsius), and the difference in altitude is the greatest in the world (4,000 m) with very technical characteristics.  Aconcagua is the highest mountain in all of America, as well as the higher in the world outside Asia.  It is known because of its strong winds and low temperatures.  The climbers will also have important preparation expeditions this year, like the one to Atlas in Morocco, Lenin Peak in Kyrgyzstan in the Pamir mountain system and the Himalayas.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera 

 

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