Heather Moyse now in Antarctica, climbing to support Canadian soldiers

Nancy MacPhee
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Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica

Member of True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica climb

That was how Heather Moyse began her last Facebook post before starting an attempt to climb the summit of Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica, in -40 degree temperatures.

“I will be offline/unplugged in the middle of a white ice desert. It will be way outside of my comfort zone,” wrote the 37-year-old two-time Olympic gold medalist and Summerside native.

The True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica climb, aimed at raising awareness and funds to address the challenges of Canadian Armed Forces as they transition back to civilian life, began on Jan. 9.

In her post, Moyse shared a note written by one of her teammates, Brian Carney.

“As of right now my somewhere is with seven Canadian Armed Forces veterans, two specialists, 15 other civilians and six hopefully very experienced guides on the True Patriot Love Antarctica Expedition,” wrote Carney. “After a brief pit stop in Punta Arenas, Chile, our team will attempt to summit Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica and one of the world’s Seven Summits.”

Moyse has spent the past few months fundraising and training for the expedition, posting on her various social media updates on her progress, including a photo of her on a treadmill, a 75-pound backpack on her back, walking a 12 per cent incline.

In an email to the Journal Pioneer before departing, Moyse indicated she would not have access to email during her adventure.

She is expected to be gone until Jan. 28.

“This is truly going to be an introspective journey,” she wrote in her last Facebook post. “I can't wait to tell you all about it when I get back!”

For more information or to donate, visit Moyse’s website — heathermoyse.com.

Organizations: Canadian Armed Forces, Journal Pioneer

Geographic location: Antarctica, Summerside, Punta Arenas Chile

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Recent comments

  • Gerry Garden
    January 16, 2016 - 19:02

    And names of our soldiers, whom she is supporting, are??

  • Jack
    January 16, 2016 - 16:51

    As a veteran, I want to say a big Thank you, to you Heather, and your colleagues on this very challenging endeavor. Godspeed...

  • Indigo
    January 16, 2016 - 13:01

    If you need to idle your time away, while at the same time keep your name in the news, I guess this is a great effort.

  • David Griffin
    January 15, 2016 - 16:31

    Wow. What an amazing challenge Heather and a great cause. You make Summerside proud again. Good Luck