Venture Antarctica - the last of 7 Summits

Peter Sunnucks is an accomplished mountaineer and adventurer, having climbed six of the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on every continent.  Peter is certainly climbing as high as he can dream and is soon to embark on the last of the Seven Summits, Vinson Massif, Antarctica. 

Mount Vinson is the coldest of the Seven Summits. The Vinson Massif has a polar climate with low snowfall but high winds and severely low temperatures.  Temperatures from November until February, average about -20 F! Wind coupled with cold air temperatures results in brutally low wind-chill temperatures, forming the greatest threat to climbers.

Mount Vinson is the coldest of the Seven Summits. The Vinson Massif has a polar climate with low snowfall but high winds and severely low temperatures.  Temperatures from November until February, average about -20 F! Wind coupled with cold air temperatures results in brutally low wind-chill temperatures, forming the greatest threat to climbers.

He will be leading the team which includes his new wife, Elizabeth Wood, who has also completed 3 of the Seven Summits and Joel Johansson, an acclaimed Swedish mountaineer who has climbed extensively around the world. 

Elizabeth & Pete at the summit of Mount Elbrus - Russia's highest mountain

Elizabeth & Pete at the summit of Mount Elbrus - Russia's highest mountain

Peter, 34, successfully summited Mount Everest in 2010 with close friend, Capt Matt Snook RM and resolved to complete the remaining Seven Summits in memory of Lt John Thornton RM.  Peter, Matt and John were very close friends and there could be no greater tribute to their friendship and no greater honour in John's memory.

Vinson Massif,  will be the fourth of the Seven Summits for Elizabeth and she will be completing this challenge in memory of her Mum, who died from early onset Alzheimer’s disease 10 years ago.

The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation and the Alzheimer's Society are therefore causes very close to Peter and Elizabeth's hearts and they will be working hard to promote both charities and also to raise valuable funds to support the work that they do.

Matt, left and Peter right, at the top of the world.  The summit of Mount Everest in 2010

Matt, left and Peter right, at the top of the world.  The summit of Mount Everest in 2010

Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and through his work as an engineering leader in the defence and aerospace industry is an avid supporter of STEM activities. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is an educational network that integrates these core subjects into a combined learning environment and Peter will be using Antarctica as a platform to facilitate learning, giving students the opportunity to develop an understanding in the complex and dynamic forces of the world around them.

To find out more about Venture Antarctica please visit the Team Website