Hot on the heels of our two July social meetings, NZAC have Duncan Chessell popping in to Melbourne (in between his many trips guiding overseas) to give a presentation on Antarctic climbing based on his experience gained from five trips down to Antarctica.
What: Duncan Chessell presenting on Antarctic climbing, including yacht-based climbing, flying into the interior for first ascents, and a sea-to-summit ascent of Mt Vinson
When: 8pm (7pm for dinner/drinks) Thur. 13th August 2009
Where: The Retreat Hotel, 226 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067
An excerpt from Duncan's bio:
Duncan Chessell has been climbing since 1988, first on the crags and in the gorges of Australia's National Parks and then on snowy hills all around the globe.
Duncan has climbed Mount Everest twice (2001 and 2007) and is the only South Australian, and one of only a few Australians, to have climbed the world's highest peak. Under Duncan's leadership in 2007, 15 of 19 climbers summited Mount Everest with no loss of life or frostbite: the most successful Australian Everest expedition ever.
He climbed the seventh of "The Seven Summits" on the 1st of January 2007, leading an expedition of four climbers, a journey of some 400km across the Ellsworth Mountain Range. The team pioneered the first ever climb from sea level to the highest point in Antarctica, Mount Vinson. Duncan is one of an elite group of expedition leaders worldwide to have led expeditions to all of The Seven Summits.
(NZAC Australian Section)