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Having flown off Everest, SA paraglider aims for Antarctica’s ...

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Having flown off Everest, SA paraglider aims for Antarctica’s highest peak

Extreme adventurer Pierre Carter ticks Everest off his list of seven summits and is already planning his next escapade

Senior features writer

Joburg paraglider and climber Pierre Carter was weak and feverish when he became the first person to legally fly off Mount Everest in Nepal this week. A virus was not going to stop Carter on his Seven Summits, Seven Flights (https://www.adventureconsultants.com/expeditions/seven-summits/) quest to paraglide off the highest peaks on each continent.

“The doctor didn’t know what I had, but I could hold my food down by the time I got to Camp 4 on the South Col (7,900m),” says Carter, who took meds to stop the vomiting and control his fever. Like most Everest climbers, he was using supplemental oxygen above about 7,000m and this made all the difference, he said in an interview on Wednesday.

Carter made his historic flight on Sunday May 15, which dawned crisp and blue on the world’s highest peak. But by early morning the clouds were rolling in below, forcing the 55-year-old adventurer to choose between climbing to the 8,849m summit with the rest of his team or flying off Everest. The historic flight won out...

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