It’s time for the 7th and final stage of "Alpari: On Top of the World". Team Alpari has already arrived in Antarctica, where they are getting ready to take on Mount Vinson (4,892 m), the last obstacle remaining in their year-long campaign to climb the highest mountain on each of the earth’s 7 continents (the "Seven Summits") in record time.
Over the next few weeks, our trio of climbers – Lyudmila Korobeshko, Ivan Dusharin and Maxim Shakirov – will be pitted against the "Great White Silence" of Antarctica and conditions inhospitable to life. The weather on Vinson hasn’t been too pleasant lately. Recent expeditions have reported fierce windstorms and heavy snowfall. However, the conditions should begin to improve soon, as summertime is already arriving in the southern hemisphere, and along with it, the midnight sun, a natural phenomenon occurring near the poles in which the sun is out all day.
There’s a lot at stake here. If Team Alpari is successful in their climb, they will set the Russian record for the fastest completion of the Seven Summits by a team. Moreover, our captain, Lyudmila Korobeshko, will also set the world record for the fastest completion of the Seven Summits by a woman. If all goes according to plan, Team Alpari will be able to claim "Seven Summits in 300 Days".
We’re keeping our fingers crossed here at Alpari. We wish the team the best of luck.
Check out Team Alpari’s official site for news, updates, photos and video clips from Antarctica.