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British First Ascents in South GeorgiaNewsflash

© Simon Richardson

Stephen Venables, Simon Richardson, Skip Novak, Crag Jones, Henry Chaplin and David Lund are currently returning home from a highly successful expedition to the Sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. 

The team climbed eight mountains including two of the greatest prizes on the island - first ascents of the spectacular Starbuck Peak (1434m) and the remote and difficult Mount Baume (1912m), one of the highest unclimbed summits. 

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The striking Starbuck Peak
© Simon Richardson

The group sailed from the Falkland Islands in the yacht Pelagic Australis and then made a 16-day ski traverse through the rarely visited Salvesen Range climbing summits along the way.

As well as the ascents of Starbuck and Baume, which involved climbing up to Scottish VI, the team climbed one other virgin peak and made second ascents of three others. They spent three and a half weeks on the island and were away six weeks in total with travel time either end.

More information to follow upon their return...

Read a UKC interview with Simon.


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20 Oct, 2016
Wicked, that boat, Pelagic, is a beast! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L23OJOrOez4
20 Oct, 2016
Is it just me or does that peak look about 20m high to anyone else?
20 Oct, 2016
It does bear a (very) slight resemblance to the Great Tower or Sgurr Mhic Choinnich (with Eastern Traverse or Collie's Ledge visible)
20 Oct, 2016
Yeah, several folk have asked about the scale - about 400m from the 'schrund and 17 hours up and down. The riming is so massive it's a little deceptive.
20 Oct, 2016
That is absolutely immaculate. Love the thoughtful design. He's got a few other vids which are well worth watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJV09u0GFYM and this series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSexcg7f4vU Fascinating website http://www.pelagic.co.uk/over_style.asp
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