Samina Baig, who became the first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest in May 2013, and her brother Mirza Ali, have scaled the 4892 meters (16,050 ft) high Mount Vinson, Antarctica, following their summit of South America’s highest mountain Mt. Aconcagua (6961m) on Dec. 13 2013.
It is the second success of Samina and Mirza under the Adventure Diplomacy Expedition that aims to project a positive face of Pakistan around the world.
The young siblings mountaineers, hailing from Shimshal Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan, were accompanied to the summit by Hugo from the Netherlands and Ron from Australia. According to Samina and Mirza’s elder brother Mehboob Ali, the siblings called him from the summit to inform him about their accomplishment on Saturday.
“Today we are on the summit of Mount Vinson. It’s a beautiful day, no wind. We’re all alone up here enjoying the views. And we’re looking forward to heading down soon, back to our High Camp,” the team of four posted on the Alpine Ascents Mount Vinson Cybercast blog.
The short blog post also noted that all four members of the expedition were “doing well and had great time climbing up to the summit” and were “looking forward to a safe descent.”
Vinson Massif is the highest mountain of Antarctica, located in the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains, which stands high above the Ronne Ice Shelf in close proximity to the base of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Under the adventure diplomacy expedition, the two sibling climbers aim to attempt the Seven Summits on the world’s seven continents. The expedition has been sponsored by the embassies of the Republic of Argentina, Indonesia, Nepal, Russia, US and Serena Hotels.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Seven Summits are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. Scaling all of them is viewed as a mountaineering challenge. In 1985, Richard Bass, a businessman and amateur mountaineer, became the first person to reach the Seven Summits.