By now, I was really beginning to suffer. I could not breathe and my head was pounding louder and louder at each heartbeat. Eventually I broke down for the first time and asked Scott for a break, so I could detach my rucksack. Without the weight … [Read more...] about Mt Vinson Summit Day – Part II
Mt Vinson, Antarctica
Mt Vinson is the highest mountain in Antarctica, and is the least climbed of all the highest summits on the 7 continents. Nabs was the second Khaleeji to climb this 4,892 metres high mountain.
Our guide Scott woke us up at 7.30 and I refused to tuck my head out of the sleeping bag, as if I was in denial and by hiding my head the whole experience would go away. I was very nervous about Summit Day, not sure if I would be able to make it to … [Read more...] about Mt Vinson Summit Day – Part I
I went to bed the previous night with a thumping headache because of the altitude. I had a similar thing when I was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and knew that this could be alleviated by hydration and resting to acclimatise. But I woke up several times … [Read more...] about Mt Vinson – Day 10
The weather was great and both Mike and I felt better, so we decided to ascend from Vinson low camp to high camp, which lies at 4000 m. It was an elevation gain of 1,200 meters. The walking distance that day was very short, about half a kilometre, … [Read more...] about Mt Vinson – Day 9
After the walk yesterday, we needed a rest day giving us a chance to acclimatize. Due to the extreme southern latitude of Mount Vinson and consequent thinning of the atmosphere, there is less oxygen available to our bodies, which makes the altitude … [Read more...] about Mt Vinson – Day 8