Heather Moyse now in Antarctica, climbing to support Canadian soldiers

Nancy MacPhee nmacphee@journalpioneer.com
Published on January 15, 2016

Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica

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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.