Mt. Vinson - AntarcticaPublished Sunday, 15th January 2017
'On The Top of the Bottom of the World!'
In January 2017 65 Degrees North set out to summit:
‘The Top of the Bottom of the World!’
At 16:30 (GMT-3) on Sunday January 15th 2017 the 5-strong team stood on the summit of Mt. Vinson!
At 16,050ft (4892m) Mt. Vinson is one the coldest, most remote places on Earth…
65DN pit their resolve and steadfast determination against the coldest, windiest continent on Earth as they relied on fitness and mental grit to overcome the ferocious and hostile environment of Antarctica.
Strong katabatic winds off the polar plateau, brutally low wind-chill temperatures, extreme remote conditions, 24 hours of daylight, high altitude and the threat of loose slab and snow avalanches challenged the team both mentally and physically.
The unsupported team covered the distance from their drop off point and crossed the ‘white wilderness’ to the frozen continent’s highest mountain; pulling pulks containing their food, clothing, climbing and survival equipment for their summit attempt.
This demanding endeavour encompassed the ‘Spirit of Adventure’ and tested the resilience and fortitude of the team to its absolute limit.
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