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Alaska to Argentina by bike

A Scot is attempting the challenge and he has just reached the summit of the highest mountain in North America. It was snowing at the top.

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26-year old Mark Beaumont is planning on 8 months to complete his challenge.  He is already in the record books for the fastest round the world trip by bicycle in 194 days and 17 hours.

This week he reached the summit of North America’s highest mountain, Mount McKinley, which stands at 6,193m.

He took time off from the cycle challenge to climb the mountain with friends.

He told BBC Scotland: “I’m feeling, to be honest, absolutely shattered.

“Myself and the team up here have just spent the last 15 hours summiting Mount McKinley and it’s certainly taken it’s toll on us, but this is the first part of a seven-month expedition for me so it’s a great relief that it’s gone well.

“It’s a difficult climb, a lot of that time is spent acclimatising and it’s one of the coldest mountains on earth to climb up so it’s been a difficult one.

“I love it up here, don’t get me wrong, but it’s been an incredibly difficult mountain and I’m quite looking forward to being back on my bike.”

See more about his trip on his blog.

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