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Thursday, November 26, 2015
The Highest Open Water Swim In History
The Madswimmers Mt Ojos team has eventually reached Mt Ojos del Salado in Argentina after 3 days of traveling to their camp at 3,260 meters last night as they prepare for The Big Swim.
"They are now climbing out the volcano to 4,500m for acclimitisation, then back to the camp. Spirits remain high and the team is keen to get some exercise after 3 days of travel," explains Nicolene Steynberg.
Their cause is posted here."
The Mt Ojos expedition has left South Africa on November 23rd en route to São Paulo, Santiago, Copiapo, through the Atacama Desert, and to the Andes to their camp before the start of their 8-day climb to 6,400m to reach the lake of The Big Swim.
"Data shows the lake on Mt Ojos is still solidly frozen, a matter that might even defeat the chain saws they are carrying with to cut open the ice," explains Steynberg. "This is becoming a real risk. Them team is currently considering a Plan B, but they will only be able to figure it out when they get there."
The high-altitude swimmers Jean Craven (Madswimmers founder), Milton Brest, Evan Feldman, Chris Marthinusen, Herman van der Westhuizen, Robert Graaff, and Juandre Human will attempt to complete a high-altitude swim across Ojos del Salado in December 2015 at 6,400 km (20,997 feet) above sea level. Their charity swim is nominated for the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Awards.
For more information, visit The Highest Swim or www.madswimmer.com. 100% of all donations benefit charity – every rand.
To vote for the WOWSA Awards, visit here. Voting continues until December 31st 2015.
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