17 Down Under:
17 DOWN UNDER. "A celebration of moderate grade climbing in Victoria". 184 pages. 285 images. Father & son team, Steve & John Morris, embark on a journey to climb and photograph 50 of the best rock climbs in Victoria, grade 17 & under. Inc bookmark $50.00
Chockstone Forum - General Discussion
General Climbing Discussion
This just in ...
Australians in Antarctic climb first
A four-man Australian team has reached the summit of Antarctica's highest peak, Mount Vinson, becoming the first climbers ever to conquer the 4900-metre mountain after trekking from sea level.
Led by Adelaide mountaineer Duncan Chessell, 36, the group reached the top today after beginning their 400-kilometre trek across the continent early last month.
Chessell, who in 1999 became the first South Australian to reach the top of Mount Everest, also joined the elite group of mountaineers to have conquered the highest peak on each of the world's seven continents with his successful climb this morning.
With him were Adelaide mountaineer Peter Weeks, 53, Melbourne doctor Robert North, 31, and NSW mountaineer Robert Jackson.
"We are all exhausted but exhilarated," Chessell said by satellite phone after the climb.
"The view, standing alone on the tallest part of the Antarctic, was incredible - you could see almost to the South Pole.
"To stand there and see the hundreds of kilometres we had trekked from the sea, across land never before crossed by people, was humbling."
Today's summit push involved a 1200-metre vertical climb and about eight kilometres of climbing in total, mainly up a very long glacial slope.
The team was roped together for protection and took seven hours to reach the peak after leaving the high base camp.
Temperatures at the summit fell to minus 35 degrees.
During their trek the Australians carried all their own supplies, pulling 60 kilogram sleds across the ice.
They stored most of their gear at the base of Mount Vinson and, after descending the mountain, intend to fly out to South America and then Australia.
Other climbers, including Australians, have reached the summit of Mount Vinson, but never after a trek from sea level.
good onya Dunc! its great to see that all the hard training you did at morialta payed off :)
The article and video has positive affirmations at the end from Duncan (reminding us to abandon Chockstone and go do stuff).
* Actually it is an ad - for Boags beer;
"The Sirens of Bass Strait -vs- A Man Who Stays the Course"
There are 3 messages in this topic.
Home | Guide | Gallery | Tech Tips | Articles | Reviews | Dictionary | Forum | Links | About | Search
Chockstone Photography | Landscape Photography Australia | Australian Landscape Photography | Landscape Photos Australia
Please read the full disclaimer before using any information contained on these pages.
Australian Panoramic |
Australian Coast |
Australian Mountains |
Australian Countryside |
Australian Waterfalls |
Australian Lakes |
Australian Cities |
Australian Macro |
Landscape Photo |
Landscape Photography |
Landscape Photography Australia |
Fine Art Photography |
Wilderness Photography |
Nature Photo |
Australian Landscape Photo |
Stock Photography Australia |
Landscape Photos |
Panoramic Photos |
Panoramic Photography Australia |
Australian Landscape Photography |
Mothers Day Gifts |
Gifts for Mothers Day |
Mothers Day Gift Ideas |
Ideas for Mothers Day |
Wedding Gift Ideas |
Christmas Gift Ideas |
Fathers Day Gifts |
Gifts for Fathers Day |
Fathers Day Gift Ideas |
Ideas for Fathers Day |
Landscape Prints |
Landscape Poster |
Limited Edition Prints |
Panoramic Photo |
Buy Posters |