Gently back to square one

Published on 07.05.2008 - New “handisport” adventure

It will be a long time before the three men on this pleasant expedition get over their disappointment at not being able to climb Mount Newton (Newtontoppen).

But for the time being, Gérard Troadec, Alexandre Chabaud and Nicolas Moulis are quietly making their way back to square one.

Although there has been the major disappointment of not being able to climb the highest mountain on Svalbard as scheduled, on account of the poor weather conditions, the three adventurers have nevertheless experienced a magnificent trip that will stay with them forever.

On Thursday 24th April, on their way back, the men scaled Mount Nentinovsiek, whose height and degree of climbing difficulty are virtually the same as those of Newtontoppen. Reaching the summit was unforgettable, and the scenery spread out beneath them was breath-taking.

After completing this small diversion, they took the long route back to Longyearbyen, catching the usual blisters and frostbites along the way.

The men arrived back in town at 10.00 am on 3rd May. Two days later, they flew out to Paris, their minds still buzzing with all their memories and experiences.

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