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Antarctica, Pilot Peak, Lerrouy Island, and Mount Jules Verne, Pourquoi Pas Island, 1991

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Pilot Peak, Lerrouy Island, and Mount Jules Verne, Pourquoi Pas Island, 1991. Our expedition traveled to Grahamland in the yacht Pelagic. We were American Skip Novak, Briton Hamish Laird, Kenyan Julia Crossley, Irishwoman Tara Machey, Belgian André Mechelynck and Italians Jacopo Merizzi and I. During the three months we were there, Novak, Merizzi and I made the following climbs: Pilot Peak (815 meters, 2674 feet) by its south ridge on February 5, 1991 and probably one of the most difficult climbs yet done in Antarctica, the south face of Mount Jules Verne (1633 meters, 5358 feet) on February 22 and 23, 1991. This TD+ climb was 36 pitches long and involved ice up to 80°. We made two attempts to climb 1100-meter-high Sharp Peak but were stopped both times by a big cornice 40 meters from the summit.

Marco Preti, Club Alpino Italiano

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