Vinson Massif: Hahn & Team Spend High Times at Low Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 9,100'

Today was another perfect day, weatherwise.  We were up at 9:15 AM when the nightly chill of the lower Branscomb Glacier eased.  Then it was time for breakfast and packing… our normal ritual.  We were on our way just after 1 PM as planned.  Our packs were heavy but the team is strong.  We made decent time up to the cache from yesterday, and in fact we continued to make good time once we added those big sled loads.  From the time we turned North, hard up against the gigantic western face of Vinson, we found excellent firm snow conditions.  Great for walking, great for dragging sleds.  We reached low camp at 6:30 PM and set to work, chiseling a camp into the hard surface.  It took the entire gang of five to get a dining/cooking pit dug, but we got it done and had our POSH tent in place for a late but sunny supper.  Now it is just after midnight and the sun is making the tents good and toasty.  We will have it that way until at least 3 AM but then the sun will run into Vinson and we won’t feel its warmth again until 11 AM when it emerges on the other side of the mountain. 

We hope to complete a carry up the fixed lines tomorrow with a plan to spend tomorrow night in Low Camp again. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

RMI climbers ascending the Branscomb Glacier.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Kare Kare!!
Thinking of you and your team out there! I was in SD and Flo was complaining about the cold and I said just think of Kara and stop whining! Then I came back to Denver and its been between 7-11 today and supposed to be -1 tonight so now I have to think about you and wish you a warm and snuggly night! Sounds like the weather cleared for you guys a bit. I will keep my fingers crossed for a great climb! xoxox miss ya! Can’t wait for Park City!

Posted by: Farah Hedwig on 12/4/2013 at 2:01 pm

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