Vinson: Ski Team Grounded at Basecamp

Posted by: | January 15, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 7,200'

Low Clouds and Grounded Planes

We all awoke this morning to a strange thing: warmth. All of us were sweating in our sleeping bags, and a quick unzip of the tent door explained the phenomenon. During the night, low clouds had marched across the continent, swamping the Sentinel Range in a mire of moisture, and bringing the temperature up noticeably.

After some coffee to get us moving, Peter set off to check in on flight possibilities with the ALE staff nearby. A quick radio call confirmed what we all suspected: No flights today. We’d be spending at least one more day at Vinson Basecamp.

There are certainly worse things to have happen; Vinson Basecamp is not a bad place to be stuck in a fog-bank. But, we all are a bit bummed as it would be nice to be moving to a new location and prepping for a new climb. Climbing, however, is often an exercise in patience, dealing with forces which are not only uncontrollable, but also tend to punish the impatient.

So, today, we sit, Kent and I shoot, and wrap up production loose-ends. We also took some time to pore over our map of the Sentinel Range, looking for potential peaks to check out via Twin Otter when the weather clears. Again, there are worse things; soon, the weather will again clear, and we’ll be off to the next step of the journey.

Patience, as the saying goes, is a virtue.

-Jake Norton

Seth Waterfall watches the weather close in on Vinson Basecamp - no flights today! Seth, Peter, and Caroline pore over a map of the Sentinel Range, looking for potential peaks to climb and ski if the weather clears. Caroline George points to a potential peak on our map of the Sentinel Range. Seth Waterfall watches the weather close in on Vinson Basecamp - no flights today!

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Hey to all of you from Marysville, Ohio and the Union County Family YMCA “Training Home to Erin Snowden” We love the updates. Please take good care of Erin and each other. You’re all an inspiration, In fact I wish I could be with you. God Speed the rest of your adventure!!!

Rick Shortell, Executive Director
Union County Family YMCA

Posted by: Rick Shortell on 1/19/2011 at 7:01 pm

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