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 The Adventure Grand Slam: Bernard Voyer

Bernard Voyer is about to complete his “World Tour” via the highest peak on every continent aka the Seven Summits.

On November 8, explorer Bernard Voyer left Montreal for Antarctica, where he plans to climb Mount Vinson, [which he did complete] the highest peak on the Antarctic continent (4,897 meters) and complete his “World Tour” via the highest peak on every continent. If he succeeds, he will make history as the first explorer in the Americas to reach both poles and complete a World Tour in this way, completing The Adventure Grand Slam. An extraordinary feat!

“Very early on I knew the air of the St. Lawrence, the pleasures

of climbing and the desire to roam. Now I am racing toward the horizon,

 to reach a pure white continent that belongs to humanity, the Antarctic.”

Bernard Voyer 

He began conquering the world’s highest peaks as far back as 1997, climbing Mount Aconcagua (South America), followed by Kilimanjaro (Africa) in 1998, Everest (Asia) in 1999, Mount Carstenz (Oceania) in 2000, Mount Elbrus (Europe) in 2000, and Mount McKinley-Denali (North America) in 2001.

Climbing Mount Vinson is an amazing adventure, one that Bernard Voyer and Nathalie Tremblay will experience together.  Nathalie has already handled the important task of managing logistics for the Everest (Asia) expeditions in 1997 and 1999. As a mountain climber, she has Kilimanjaro (Africa) in 1998, Elbrus (Europe) in 2000, and McKinley-Denali (North America), in 2001, to her credit. She was also part of the expeditions to Mount Carstenz (Oceania) in 2000, Aconcagua (South America) and many others.

The challenge facing Bernard Voyer and Nathalie Tremblay is an interesting one. Mount Vinson is known as the Earth’s coldest mountain. Winds can reach up to 100 knots. Located in the Sentinel range, in the heart of the Ellsworth mountains at the base of the Antarctic peninsula, Mount Vinson is the highest mountain near a geographic pole. The difficulty of climbing the mountain is exacerbated by crevasses, toppling seracs, avalanches and, above all, the extremely violent winds. The route is up the west side, where the Branscomb Glacier offers the most direct route to the summit.

This great initiative is being carried out with the support of Summit Partner Canada Post. “We share an international vision and an interest in new technologies with Canada Post,” explains Bernard. “The corporation has a strong image and strong values, its slogan ‘From anywhere... to anyone’ urges people to excel; they’re determined and they love a challenge, just like us.” 

The Adventure Grand Slam consists of the South Pole, the North Pole and the Seven Summits.

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