On his way to completing the Adventurer’s Grand Slam, Julian successfully summited Antarctica's highest mountain, Mount Vinson, at 19.55 GMT Sunday 16th January 2016.
Vinson is 600 miles from the South Pole and 16,050ft high. It is in the Sentinel range of the Ellsworth Mountains. Just getting there is an adventure involving a 4-hour, 2000 mile plane trip on a Russian IIyushin 76 cargo plane from the tip of South America to the snow camp of Union Glacier. Once there climbers are ferried another 35 minutes via a Twin Otter airplane to Vinson base camp.
Manhauling sledges and a rucksack, the round trip to the summit and back to base camp is around 12 miles and takes approximately 9 days. Summit conditions for Julian were -27c with 15 mile an hour winds. Conditions are thought to have been the worst in 10 years, with approximately one meter of snow dumped in 12 hours giving high avalanche risk.
Julian has raised an approximate figure of £20,000 for the Matt Hampson Foundation to date for his summit climb as the latest in a long list of adventures and fundraising.
A huge thank you to Julian from everyone at the Foundation!
Feeling the cold? Check out our SALE on Foundation Hoodies, now only £20!! http://www.gblmemorabilia.co.uk/GBL00023.html