P.E.I. Olympian climbs to goal

Colin MacLean
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Summerside’s Heather Moyse summits tallest mountain in Antarctica

It’s not the breathtaking scenery, teeth-chattering cold, or adrenal rush of adventure that Heather Moyse will always remember from her time climbing VinsonMassif in Antarctica it’s the people.

“There wasn’t an epiphany moment or some kind of spiritual revelation by summiting the mountain,” said Moyse.

“Everyone had a different experience, but for me, the impact that I received for this entire thing is the connections that were made with the people who were climbing with me.”

The Summerside native and two-time Olympic gold medalist returned safely to Toronto last week after having summited the highest peak in Antarctica earlier in the week, along with the rest of her climbing crew from the True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition.

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The True Patriot Love Foundation is a national charity with a focus on supporting Canadian veterans by funding physical and mental health programs. The expedition to Antarctica partnered business and community leaders with Canadian Forces veterans to climb the summit and raise funds along the way.

Moyse said the experience was overwhelming and left her with a great deal to think about and process over the coming weeks. Especially poignant moments included some of the talks she had with veterans she got to know on the climb.

One vet in particular left an impression with her, she said, when he drew a parallel between what their climbing group had overcome together and what units of soldiers go through in a hostile environment.

“You become even closer as a team and as a unit because you’re literally trying to stay alive. And when he put that in perspective it was pretty emotional,” she said.

Moyse raised $17,000 for the foundation’s causes.

She has a short break before heading back out on the road for several speaking engagements, at which, she said, she will definitely be drawing on her climbing experience.



Organizations: True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition.The True Patriot Love Foundation, Canadian Forces

Geographic location: Antarctica, Toronto

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