success on Harris Peak, the climbing team have gone on to reach the summit of Mount
Johnston - thought to be only the second time the peak has been climbed and at 7580 feet
over double the height of Harris Peak."
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This interim Despatch is shorter than normal
but posted to report the excellent news that at 2330 GMT last night (28th December 2001)
all three climbing teams ashore successively reached the summit of Mount Johnston (7580
feet) at the northern end of the Forbidden Plateau. Their achievement is believed to
be only the second ever ascent of the mountain. All the climbers are reported as
well and now resting at Camp Grant, a new camp on the spine of the Antarctic
Peninsular. From there they will extend their explorations south along the Forbidden
Plateau over ground we understand not to have been visited before towards Mount Walker and
the ridgeline above Paradise Bay. The audio file which accompanies this page
is a recording of the radio conversation between Expedition leaders Andy Bristow (on the
yacht John Laing at the time en route to the Melchior Islands) and James Harris (at Camp
Grant) reporting the teams' success. Refresh or reload this page to replay the
The next normal despatch will follow in a day
or two but in the meantime, congratulations to Major James Harris, Major Dick Pattison, Mr
Tim Hall, Corporal Nobby Clarke, Sergeant Steve Ayres, Lieutenant Sarah Piesse,
Captain Dom Biddick, Major Jim Wood and Captain Harry Scrope (although the sailors still
have a thing or two to teach them about which way up to fly the Union Flag!).
Joint Expedition Leader