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Three basque climbers in Antarctica

Three basque climbers in Antarctica

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Three basque professional alpine style cimbers have decide to take a break in their alpinist carreer. They want to try an 'horizontal ascent' in Antartica.

These three profesionnal climbers are :

  • Alberto Iñurrategi, 43, who has succeeded to climb all the fourteen 8 000m of the world. His brother died when they descend together after having summitted the Gasherbrum II.
  • Juan Vallego Llanos, 41, profesionnal fireman who has devoted all his free time to climbing in Himalaya and other parts of the world. He has succeeded climbing nine 8 000m.
  • Mikel Zabalza, 41, agricultural engineer who is also teaching climbing on ice. Like his two companions he has participated to numerous spanish TV shows and has travelled all over the world- Antarctica, Broad Peak, K2, Tierra del Fuego, Kanchenjunga, North face of Manaslu, etc.

As polar adventure, thery have chosen to start from the Russian base of Novolazarevskaia and to try to reach Hercules Inlet, passing through the South Pole. They will use kites and travel unsupported. As these three climbers can not see a beautiful peak without trying to summit it, they have decided that on the way, while crossing the Queen Maud Land and the Sør Rondane chain, they will probably make a stop here and there in order to try to climb some of these gigantic peaks which tower up above ice like cathedrals.

Their adventure should last about 70 days.



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