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Meagan McGrath

Meagan McGrath has become the only Canadian female and the first Canadian Forces member to achieve both versions of the Seven Summits.

Meagan McGrath, a mountain climber from Sudbury, has become the only Canadian female, and the first Canadian Forces Member to achieve both versions of the Seven Summits.

“It does feel like I’ve done something,” said Meagan McGrath about her latest accomplishment, in a news release. “It took two trips to Indonesia to get it done, but it was all worth it in the end.”

 

After a five hour climb, Meagan summitted Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid at 8:10 am local time, on Jan. 6. She was forced to cancel an earlier attempt in December when a protest broke out in Irian Jaya, the town from which the expedition was set to begin. On December 27, 2007 she flew back to Indonesia to make her second attempt.

“Due to a last minute change from the tour operator I was required to ditch some of my gear before the helicopter could take off, “said Meagan. “I had started with 10 kilograms, which is not much by any standard. Getting rid of more gear required quick critical thinking, but I was assured there were tents and other necessary gear available at base camp.”

“As always, the staff at Science North are extremely proud of Meagan. Despite the setback in December, we were certain Meagan was going to achieve this goal and put herself in the history books once again, “ said Science North CEO, Jim Marchbank, in a news release. “We look forward to supporting her, and tracking the progress of her next adventure – the Marathon Des Sables in Spring 2008.”

 

 

Source : www.northernlife.ca

 

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