Expedition team names a peak Mount Suomi in Antarctica
The Lynx Adventure Antarctica expedition team has scaled a peak never before climbed in Antarctica and named it Mount Suomi (Finland is called Suomi in Finnish). The naming of the peak is honoring the centenary of Finland’s independence.
The four-week long expedition is part of the official Finland 100 programme, and the Finnish-Icelandic four-man team consists of Pata Degerman, Pekka Ojanpää, Mika Listala and Jón Ólafur Magnusson.
”Today we made a first ascent to a mountain that we now can call Mount Suomi,” says expedition leader Degerman via satellite phone. “We want to celebrate Finland’s centenary with this achievement.”
Antarctica is the world’s windiest, coldest and driest continent. The peak of Mount Suomi, located in Wohlthat Mountains in Queen Maud Land, rises 2598 meters above sea level. It took approximately 10 hours for the expedition team to climb to the peak and descent back to the base camp.
”We started early in the morning towards a peak we had observed before,” Degerman continues. ”The terrain was a mix of ice, packed snow and gravel. The ascent went well, despite the very demanding weather conditions: moderate wind combined with – 26° Celsius. The sun constantly skirts the horizon this time of the year in Antarctica.”
The expedition started at Novolazarevskaya station on December 22 but due to a broken carrier sledge the team could not reach the South Pole, which was one of the goals of the adventure. Still, the team has covered hundreds of kilometers with snowmobiles in extreme conditions.
”Everything has been alright both technically with the snowmobiles, as well as with the team mentally and physically,” says Degerman. “The finishing line is already in sight”