Vinson Massif: Team Ready to Fly onto the Ice

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Seth Waterfall | December 05, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif

Hello Everyone,

A last day of packing and prepping in Punta. We got our gear weighed and carted off to go in the hold of the Ilyushin 76 transport plane that will soon take us to Antarctica.  David Rootes, one of the directors of ALE -our logistics company- gave a great slideshow and briefing to get our team excited and informed for a trip to the Ice.  We reviewed environmental concerns and procedures for minimizing our impact on the continent.  And we heard that Vinson, the mountain we are bound for, is presently giving the first climbers of the season a very hard time with persistent and powerful winds.  Far from being discouraged, we came away energized and determined.  Determined to have one more great dinner out on the town.

Tomorrow we fly (if we are lucky)

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

RMI Team out on the town in Punta Arenas - Photo: Dave Hahn RMI Team loading gear, ready to fly - Photo: Dave Hahn

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Daniel-san,  Thinking about you.  Make me proud!

Posted by: Mr. Miyagi on 12/6/2012 at 12:17 pm

James and crew:
Thanks for the update Dave ... it is very exciting following your progress! It is so good to hear that things are progressing smoothly. 
Fred K

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 12/6/2012 at 10:22 am

James, from RMI blog, catching up with you and the teams having excitements of amazing adventure. Sharing your progress with family and friends. We all wish you and the teams success on Vinson. Be safe :)

Posted by: Soonja Choo on 12/6/2012 at 9:49 am

James, Dream Connection and all of our supporters are wishing you and your team a safe and wonderful climb!

Posted by: Bebe Vogel on 12/6/2012 at 7:36 am

Thinking about you and the team, Julie. Enjoyed the slide show. God keep y’all safe.

Posted by: Barbara Bauer on 12/6/2012 at 7:15 am

Seth and James -

Hi Guys!  Have a great trip.  I’ll be following your progress.  Vinson is on my 2014 list.

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 12/5/2012 at 11:01 pm

DG, Hope all is well and you guys are on the ice!  I’m back from NYC.  Had a great time with LDH and we are gearing up for Oz’s Christmas play tommorrow night.  I’ll try to get a video tape of him!
Love,
Stephanie

Posted by: Stephanie on 12/5/2012 at 9:03 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR STERLING.  WE KNIGHTED YOU AFTER YOUR LAST ADVENTURE SO I GUESS THE NEXT STEP IS KING.  FROM ALL YOUR BUDS IN THE INSIGNIFICANT ORDER OF “WE BE KNIGHTS OF TOYS AND SHIT” HAVE THE BEST BIRTHDAY AND AN INCREDIBLE TRIP.

Posted by: John Johnston on 12/5/2012 at 7:56 pm

Happy Birthday Sterling…
Many good wishes for your climb…
Dad, Fran and Nadine

Posted by: Nadine Douke on 12/5/2012 at 6:48 pm

Happy Birthday Sterling.  Go old man go and show them your stuff

Posted by: Ronny Sever on 12/5/2012 at 6:01 pm

  Happy Birthday to Sterling.  Go OLD man go and show them your stuff

Posted by: Ronny Sever on 12/5/2012 at 5:57 pm

Good luck everyone, Richard be safe - love M

Posted by: Maggie on 12/5/2012 at 5:52 pm

HW: I suppose you have flown out to Antarctica today. What an amazing feeling it must be! Nothing to worry at home. Kids are great and I took care of Daisy’s ticket. I showed everyone the dinner photo posted on the blog. Wish you a successful climb with your teammates! XOXO - Fan

Posted by: Fan on 12/5/2012 at 5:12 pm

The Best Wishes to all of the climbing teams!

 

Posted by: Soonja Choo on 12/5/2012 at 3:24 pm

Not sure if you are gone James… But the dogs are proud of you… Vivi too! Be safe!

Posted by: Whitney Dill on 12/5/2012 at 12:44 pm

How exciting!  Wishing the best to the team as you embark upon your adventure.  I hope it is everything you dreamed of.

Posted by: Gale on 12/5/2012 at 10:05 am

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