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Vinson Massif: The Team Moves to Camp One in Good Weather

Weather forecasts that were passed in to us from Union Glacier suggested that things wouldn’t be so great today.  But then the forecasts changed.  It was a fine and calm day with plenty of sun and blue sky.  We packed up our basecamp and at about 12:30 PM, we began marching up the Branscomb.  The going was slightly easier today as the track in the snow is getting packed down a bit better.  We collected our cached food and gear from yesterday and then made the big northward turn with the glacier.  This put us directly under Vinson’s great western escarpment and it was a thrill to look up at 2000 vertical meters of rock and precariously perched ice.  A few hours of easier going on a firm surface brought us to Vinson’s low camp at a little before 7 PM.  It was very comfortable in the sunshine but the slightest breeze or a small cloud putting us in shadow made everyone acutely aware of what the actual temperature was.  The forecast that called for good weather today pegged the summit temp at -36 degrees.  We got tents up and the kitchen going and had dinner sitting outside, surrounded by giant and jagged mountains.  After dinner a few of us got a quarry of snow blocks going and built some walls for the camp… Just in case the weather changes, as usual.  It is now around 30 minutes after midnight and the sun is blazing away on the tents.  The sun won’t set, but around 3 AM when it goes behind the mountain, we will know it.  At this camp, we won’t expect to see or feel it again until noon.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn


Comments (2)

Happy Thanksgiving to all! We are hoping you have great weather. Keep warm.
Regards,
F/W Group in St Louis

Posted by: F/W Group on

I just turned up the thermostat another 5 degrees after reading this post.

Mark - hope you’re carrying your little stuffed moo-cow with you. I find it galling that its been to more summits than me.

Posted by: Madhu Rao on

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