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  THE SEVEN SUMMITS PROJECT WILL CONTINUE IN 2005 WITH THE ASCENT TO THE HIGHEST MOUNTAINS OF THE AMERICAN CONTINENT


 

The Andalucia-America 2005 Expedition, which will cover the ascent to McKinley and Aconcagua peaks, will be sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte

The Seven Summits Project will continue next year with the Andalucia-America 2005 Expedition, and will continue having the sponsorship of Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte, Paulino Plata announced.  The member of the Counsel met climbers Juan Antonio Huisa and Pedro López just after their arrival to Spain, after they went to crown Mount Vinson (4,897 meters) in Antarctica.

The members of Siete Cumbres Sports Club will dedicate their efforts in 2005 to attempt to climb the highest summits of the American continent, the McKinley in North America and Aconcagua in South America.  The Sevillans plan to approach McKinley (6,125 meters), a mountain located in Alaska, between the months of May and June, and they will climb Aconcagua (6,962 meters) in Argentina, in December.

Plata congratulated Huisa and López for their achievement of being the first Andalucian climbers who have four of the seven highest mountains of the planet.  "It is a historical hit for Andalucia and we have to congratulate them for their effort in harsh conditions and, above all, for the success they had", said the member of the Counsel.

The Sevillan climbers achieved their ascent to the Antarctic summit after nine days of climbing and after having covered 20 kilometers, with the added difficulty of having climb without porters and with loads of 60 kilos each, and having faced temperatures down to -35 degrees Celsius.

Also, during 2004 both climbers made diverse preparatory ascents (High Atlas in Morocco, Cordillera Blanca in Peru, Dolomites in Italy and Mont Blanc in France) before their Antarctic adventure.

With the conquest of Mount Vinson, the climbers add their fourth summit after Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Elbrus (Russia) and Mount Kosciusko (Australia).  Both will attempt in 2005 to climb Aconcagua (Argentina) and McKinley (Alaska) and will end the project of climbing the highest mountains of each continent with Everest (Nepal, Asia).

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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