Mountaineers feat: Siblings scale Mount Vinson in Antarctica

Published: January 19, 2014
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This photograph received from Pakistan Youth Outreach (PYO) and taken on May 19, 2013 shows climber Samina Baig holding  the national flag on the peak of Mount Everest, Nepal.  PHOTO: AFP

This photograph received from Pakistan Youth Outreach (PYO) and taken on May 19, 2013 shows climber Samina Baig holding the national flag on the peak of Mount Everest, Nepal. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistani mountaineers Samina Baig and Mirza Ali on Saturday successfully scaled Mount Vinson in Antarctica, according to the Alpine Federation of Pakistan.

The sister-brother mountaineer duo, which hails from Shimshal in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), has been on an eight-month expedition to climb seven summits on seven continents since the end of November 2013.

They successfully climbed the 6,962-metre Mount Aconcagua in Argentina in December 2013 to complete the first leg of their expedition, which aims to promote gender equality and world peace.

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Baig, who famously became the first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest in May 2013, and Ali successfully scaled the 4,892-metre Mount Vinson in the planet’s southernmost continent around 1 am PST as part of a five-member team, the Alpine Federation said.

Mount Vinson, also known as Vinson Massif, is the highest point in Antarctica, according to US Geological Survey’s website.

“We congratulate Samina Baig and Mirza Ali, and hope that they will complete their mission,” said Karrar Haidri, the Alpine Federation’s press secretary.

Baig and Ali intend to climb the highest mountain on each continent. Together, the seven highest mountains on the seven continents are popularly called the ‘Seven Summits’.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 19th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Queen
    Jan 19, 2014 - 1:34PM

    Way to go, Another achievement for the dynamic duo!!

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  • Voice of Gilgit
    Jan 19, 2014 - 2:25PM

    Thanks Baigs for bringing Pakistan another pride. together we can make a change Insh Allha

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  • Abu Samer
    Jan 19, 2014 - 3:28PM

    I would like to congratulate Ms Samina Baig and to my all Pakistani Brothers & Sisters

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  • Freakonomist
    Jan 19, 2014 - 3:33PM

    I wish to read hundreds of similar news everyday !

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jan 19, 2014 - 8:28PM

    Congratulation to both of them, Pakistanis should be proud of this son and daughter of the nation.

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  • Aamir - Toronto
    Jan 19, 2014 - 9:18PM

    Congrats !!!!!

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  • Hamid Hameed
    Jan 20, 2014 - 10:32PM

    Thousands of Gun Salutes to you. Bravo! Proud Pakistani Sister and Brother! Congratulations!Recommend

  • Akbar Ladak
    Jan 21, 2014 - 1:59AM

    Congratulation!!!

    Good luck, and best wishes!
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  • Mukhtar Ahmed
    Jan 21, 2014 - 7:21PM

    congratulations, you two have made us all proud, and provide our youth that nothing is impossible. keep up the tempo and let us hear more in the days to come.

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  • Sultan Uddin
    Feb 13, 2014 - 4:30PM

    great job

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