Three Brothers, South Georgia

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Three Brothers
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Three Brothers
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Coordinates 54°16′S36°48′W / 54.267°S 36.800°W / -54.267; -36.800 Coordinates: 54°16′S36°48′W / 54.267°S 36.800°W / -54.267; -36.800
Location South Georgia
First ascent 2001

The Three Brothers ( 54°16′S36°48′W / 54.267°S 36.800°W / -54.267; -36.800 ) is a group of three mountain peaks at the north west end of the Allardyce Range on South Georgia. They aligned in a north-south direction, situated 4 miles (6 km) west of the head of Cumberland West Bay in the central part of South Georgia. The origin of the name which dates back to the 1930s is not certain.

Mountain A large landform that rises fairly steeply above the surrounding land over a limited area

A mountain is a large landform that rises above the surrounding land in a limited area, usually in the form of a peak. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill. Mountains are formed through tectonic forces or volcanism. These forces can locally raise the surface of the earth. Mountains erode slowly through the action of rivers, weather conditions, and glaciers. A few mountains are isolated summits, but most occur in huge mountain ranges.

Allardyce Range mountain in South Georgia

The Allardyce Range is a mountain range rising south of Cumberland Bay and dominating the central part of South Georgia, a UK overseas territory. It extends for 50 km (31 mi) from Mount Globus in the northwest to Mount Brooker in the southeast, with peaks of 2,000 to 2,935 m and including Mount Paget the highest peak of the range and also the highest point in the UK territory. Other peaks of the range include Mount Roots.

South Georgia Island Island in the South Atlantic

South Georgia is an island in the southern Atlantic Ocean that is part of the British Overseas territory of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The main settlement is Grytviken. South Georgia is 167.4 kilometres (104 mi) long and 1.4 to 37 km wide. It is about 830 km (520 mi) northeast of Coronation Island and 550 km (340 mi) northwest from Zavodovski Island, the nearest South Sandwich island.

On 25 January 2001, Caradog Jones made the first ascent, solo, of the highest of the Three Brothers peaks [1] This was part of a combined climbing and filming expedition, which resulted in five 30 minute programmes. Recorded in Welsh, and entitled Haf Ganol Gaeaf (Summer Midst Winter), it was broadcast with English subtitles. [2] [3] The series included :

Caradog "Crag" Jones is a Welsh climber. He is the first Welshman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, a feat achieved on 23 May 1995. He was the 724th climber to reach the summit. The final ascent was made with Michael Knakkergaard-Jorgensen, the first Dane to the summit.

Welsh language Brythonic language spoken natively in Wales

Welsh or y Gymraeg is a member of the Brittonic branch of the Celtic languages. It is spoken natively in Wales, by some in England, and in Y Wladfa. Historically, it has also been known in English as "Cambrian", "Cambric" and "Cymric".

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