Vinson Massif: Rest and Recharge at Low Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Seth Waterfall | December 10, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 9,300'

A break in the action.  As planned, this became our rest and recharge day at Low Camp on Mount Vinson.  The mountain itself seemed in a mood as no views whatsoever were granted all day long.  Clouds sat just above us and blocked out the sun.  Sitting in tents wasn’t so uncomfortable, but hanging around outside wasn’t terribly rewarding.  So we ate a big breakfast and told each other a bunch of stories in the dining tent at midday and then did much the same thing in the evening.  In between we napped, read, listened to music, snacked and drank water.  The day was meant to prepare us for our move to high camp and assault on the summit.  We wanted to let our bodies catch up to the altitude and give tired backs and feet a break.  The team is healthy and in good spirits all around.  Our forecasts (transmitted via radio from Vinson Basecamp) don’t call for major changes in the next few days and we see that as a good thing since high camp and the summit were above the clouds and not too windy today.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Looking North to (L. to R.) Gardner, Epperly, and Shinn. Photo: Dave Hahn Seth cooking in the dining tent. Photo: Dave Hahn The team hanging out in the dining tent for food and stories. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Sterling,
  Sending warm wishes your way.  I will tell Collman there are no polar bears or trees where you are.  Hahahah Take care,
  Leff

Posted by: Steve Leff on 12/13/2012 at 1:47 pm

Sterling: I met Dan at the Z Cafe in Bonsall this morning (Thur) We both ordered new items that we had never tried before.Dan had the Breakfast Burrito with chile verde sauce and I tried the Eggs Benedict with cottage fries… Live is an adventure huh Sterling… See you soon Phil

Posted by: Phil/Dan on 12/13/2012 at 12:36 pm

James, we have been thinking about you and missed you today the the WIVK radiothon.  We raised over $30,000!  Don was interviewed on the air and he talked about your climb.  We wish you safe travels and look forward to your return!

Posted by: Bunny Ball on 12/11/2012 at 8:04 pm

Hi, Sterling
I was wondering, are there polar bears in Antarctica?  I was just wondering, at night do you have to hang your food or does everyone carry bear canisters?

Take care, Gary

Posted by: Gary collman on 12/11/2012 at 5:12 pm

Gina, que bueno escuchar que los planes van bien, después del descanso, muchos éxitos en el asalto a la cima, tengo a mami aqui a la par mía y le estoy enseñando, toda la información que tengo disponible , estamos con tigo ADELANTE CAMPEONA .

Posted by: Graciela Carmona Soto on 12/11/2012 at 1:13 pm

CZ:  I hope that you are climbing today.  Be safe. Miss you.

Posted by: Julia Havlovic on 12/11/2012 at 9:49 am

ETL:  That recharge day sounds like my kind of thing ... the rest, I’ll leave to you.  Keep doing your thing and stay safe out there!

Posted by: Sharin Abrane on 12/11/2012 at 9:43 am

Sterling. Thinking of you as you head up the mountain. Stay safe. Love, Sue

Posted by: Sue on 12/11/2012 at 9:16 am

HW: Hearing all the stories from everyone must have been fun. Stay safe and focused as you go higher. On the home front, busy planning M’s birthday party. Many kids are coming and it will be a blast. Love, -Fan

Posted by: Fan on 12/11/2012 at 8:10 am

DG,
I guess your zero day was much needed and that you guys are climbing today.  Be safe and we are continuing to hope for good weather!

Posted by: Stephanie on 12/11/2012 at 7:28 am

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