Vinson Massif: Waiting for the Airplane

Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 13, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 7,200'

The fog and low cloud came and went periodically at Vinson basecamp today.  Most of the afternoon was sunny and pleasant and flyable… if one had an airplane.  Ours have gone South.  ALE has both Twin Otter ski planes down at the South Pole for the big celebration.  Today -Dec. 14, 2011 (it is after midnight) marks one hundred years since Amundson reached the South Pole.  A noble accomplishment, by any standard -and worth commemorating, but if given the choice I’d wager that Amundson would have tried to climb Vinson instead.  Much more fun to be had out here in the big hills.

My team didn’t fret a bit over the lack of aircraft.  We were quite happy to sleep in and then sit for a two hour breakfast -bacon and eggs with lots of coffee and cocoa.  Then there was time for siestas and snow-carving before a sumptuous dinner (same as last night -we liked it so much we did it again).

We’ll likely be here a couple more days, which isn’t a bad thing.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Vinson Base. Photo: Dave Hahn

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