On December 29, Moroccan mountaineer Bouchra Baibanou shared pictures commemorating her challenge in Vinson Massif in Antarctica.
By Mohamed Hikal
Rabat – Moroccan mountaineer Bouchra Baibanou has become the first Moroccan to complete the “Seven Summit” challenge, climbing the seven continents’ tallest peaks.
The first Moroccan woman to summit Mount Everest Baibanou completed the seven summits with Antarctica’s Vinson Massif.
She shared pictures of her accomplishment on Saturday, December 29, to celebrate the end of the year.
“So proud to reach the summit of Vinson in Antarctica and finish the project seven summit. I hope to inspire others that the dream can be fulfilled. After 8 years I closed the challenge and became the first Moroccan to climb seven summit.”
“Thanks to my family, my friends, my sponsors, to all who supported me,” Bouchra commented on one of the photos she shared on Facebook.
She posted another photo documenting her arrival in Punta Arenas, the southernmost city of Chile from where she flew to Union Glacier in Antarctica prior to her Vinson Massif challenge.
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Bouchra Baibanou celebrated the end of her Vinson Massif mission with another picture bearing the caption: “Vinson’s team in Union Glacier waiting for the flight back to Punta Arenas.”
Before heading to Antarctica, Baibanou gave a press conference in Casablanca, saying she would climb the massif “to prove that dreams can come true [if you] just believe in it and have the will. With a lot of perseverance [and] determination, I am pursuing my dream to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica, and to be the first in Morocco to realize the ‘Seven Summits’ challenge.”
Vinson Massif is the highest summit in Antarctica with an altitude of 4,892 meters. A US navy airplane discovered Vinson Massif in 1958.