Vinson Massif: Smooth Sailing into Camp One

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Seth Waterfall | December 08, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 9,300'

Moving up the mountain, bit by bit.  We seemed to make pretty quick work of the move from Vinson Base to Camp One today.  It didn’t hurt that we had another day of perfect, sunny and calm weather.  The team seems to be getting into the swing of things now and the climbing seems easy and familiar… marching along low angled glacier carrying heavy packs and hauling sleds full of gear and supplies.  But now, having established camp at 9,300 ft on the Branscomb Glacier, the approach is over and tomorrow the climb begins.  If all goes well we’ll tackle the steep fixed rope section and try to make a carry to high camp.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Bruce,
I clicked on the link for the page here and they had a link for Mt. Kili.  More my speed.  Best of luck on the climb up tomorrow.  If you see penguins on the way back remember to stuff one into your pack for me.  I don’t expect you to lug one all the way to the top.  Everyone at GFH3 says hi.

Posted by: Reid on 12/9/2012 at 6:13 pm

Sterling. I’m back in OC. Guess this is a rest day? Incredible pictures!! Hoping for continued good weather.  Sue

Posted by: Sue on 12/9/2012 at 2:36 pm

Good luck on your climb. will keep reading the updates. we will catch up in August.

Wade and Deb

Posted by: Wade Smith on 12/9/2012 at 1:46 pm

Sterling, your climb looks fantastic. We’re really enjoying the pictures.
Stay safe.
D&S

Posted by: Dave & Shirley on 12/9/2012 at 1:35 pm

Hi Guys-
The weather down there looks incredible.  I hope it stays that way for the rest of your journey.  Your approach feels very familiar to me, like going up the Kahiltna on Denali.  I’m curious to learn how the fixed rope section there compares to the West Buttress headwall.
Climb safe.
-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 12/9/2012 at 9:53 am

DG,
Sounds like you and your team are having a great climb.  Oz loves these updates and the photos. He is singing today with the choir, then we are off to see the many tacky Christmas lights of the Triangle. We all miss you bunches!
Love,  Stephanie

Posted by: Stephanie on 12/9/2012 at 4:00 am

wow! nice pic. cheering your team on.

Posted by: michelle on 12/8/2012 at 9:50 pm

HW: So good to know you have made to Camp One and the weather is holding up. The picture of the Branscomb Glacier is amazing. I can’t tell where the snow ends and the sky begins. Took M to see the holiday displays and lights and ride the carousel today. Take good care of yourself. We are all rooting for you and the team. Love –Fan

Posted by: Fan on 12/8/2012 at 9:48 pm

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