Re­mote Spec­tre in Antarc­tica Re­peated

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Leo Hould­ing, Jean Bur­gun and Mark Se­don made a rare as­cent of the re­mote Spec­tre spire in Antarc­tica’s Or­gan Pipe peaks of the Gothic Moun­tains. They made the sec­ond as­cent of the 1980 route estab­lished by Mugs and Ed Stump and climbed some new ground along the way. The big north-fac­ing route was their sec­ond op­tion af­ter a new climb on the south wall, but lo­gis­tics forced a change of plans. They were mid-trip of a two month tra­verse of big glaciers us­ing kite-ski­ing tech­niques and walk­ing. Spokesman for the ex­pe­di­tion, Chris Lines, re­ported the team had orig­i­nally in­tended to at­tempt the new route on the south face. The weather and du­ra­tion of the ex­pe­di­tion lim­ited the time avail­able for climb­ing.

“Af­ter fully as­sess­ing op­tions on site, the team made the de­ci­sion that their pri­mary ob­jec­tive should be to get all three mem­bers to the sum­mit via the ‘route of least re­sis­tance.’ That proved to be much eas­ier said than done,” Lines said. “It was a fully com­mit­ted push that was very much touch and go at times, al­ways with the threat that a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the weather would force [them] to aban­don their climb. How­ever, af­ter an ex­tremely ar­du­ous as­cent, they reached the sum­mit around mid­night, and af­ter a quick de­scent got back to camp safely over 20 hours af­ter set­ting off.”

The Spec­tre in Antarc­tica

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