FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aerobatic Pilot Sean D. Tucker
To Climb Tallest Mountain In The Southern Hemisphere
EAA Young Eagles Chairman takes on
a new mountaineering challenge with hopes to inspire kids to pursue their aviation dreams
SALINAS, CALIF. (Jan. 21, 2014) – Legendary aerobatic pilot and adventurer Sean D. Tucker today announced he will attempt to summit the tallest peak in the Southern Hemisphere, Aconcagua, for the cause of Young Eagles, the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth aviation education program. The official journey begins with his departure to Argentina on January 24 and will take place over three weeks. Tucker invites people to follow along via www.facebook.com/SeanDTucker, www.Instagram.com/TeamOracle and www.twitter.com/@TeamOracle. Updates and photos will be provided by his team as news becomes available.
“Challenging ourselves can bring incredible joy and a deep sense of accomplishment. It can open new doors of opportunity and understanding,” said Tucker. “For me, challenging boundaries through aviation and adventures such as mountain climbing has enriched my life. I hope that when people – and especially kids – see that I can take on a new challenge, that it inspires them to pursue their own dreams.”
Pursuing Dreams in the Sky
As chairman of Young Eagles, Tucker is encouraging kids to take their first flight in a general aviation aircraft. A first flight is a transforming experience that opens a whole new world and helps discover the potential within. With a Young Eagles flight, that potential is presented at no charge thanks to thousands of volunteer pilots and crew. Visit www.youngeagles.org to find a Young Eagles flight near you.
About Aconcagua and the Route
Aconcagua is one of the renowned Seven Summits. At 22,841 feet, it is the highest point on Earth outside of the Himalayas. Aconcagua’s flanks hold some of the most difficult big mountain routes in the world.
Tucker’s route will follow a variation of the “False Polish,” in the capable hands of Washington-based, International Mountain Guides. The route will approach the mountain through the Vacas and Relinchos Valleys and uses the first camp on the False Polish. From there, it traverses over to the higher camps on the Guanacos route. The final camp is higher than the False Polish High Camp which makes for a more attainable summit day. The route then traverses the mountain and descends the normal trek to Plaza de Mulas.
About Young Eagles
More than 44,000 EAA Young Eagles volunteer pilots and countless volunteer crew have provided a meaningful flight experience – free of charge – in a general aviation aircraft for young people, primarily between the ages of 8 and 17. To date, more than 1.8 million Young Eagles have been registered since Young Eagles began in 1992, with thousands of them becoming aviators and pursuing their own dreams of flight. Once a registered Young Eagle, kids have access to scholarships, flight training opportunities, online resources, free student membership to the Academy of Model Aeronautics, free access to more than 300 science and technology museums, and more.
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