Vinson Massif: Adjusting to Antarctica

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Dave Hahn | December 07, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 7,200'

Hello from Vinson Base camp where the winds are calm and the midnight sun is in full force.  Today was our first full day of climbing!  We carried food and fuel mostly and cached it at camp one.

The sun doesn’t really go down here but when it goes behind the mountain it gets very cold.  Due to that we have had to alter our days slightly to take advantage of the warmer times.  It’s a little bit of an adjustment but it seems to have suited the group just fine.  Everyone did an awesome job today and if all goes well we’ll be moving our camp up the mountain tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Seth leading the way.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Hi, Jules!
Good luck on Summit #7!  You rock and I can’t wait to see your pics when you return to the wet and dark Pacific NW :)

Posted by: Lily on 12/12/2012 at 8:14 pm

Gina, saludos de todos los que te queremos, animo campeona, sabemos que no es fácil pero tu puedes, es tu sueño, mucha fortaleza, estamos contigo, suerte en tu cima #6, te esperamos.

Posted by: Graciela Carmona Soto on 12/10/2012 at 3:28 pm

Good luck Dr. James.  It looks amazing out there!

Posted by: Jonathan Harwell on 12/9/2012 at 8:28 am

  Feliz Cumpleaños Ginita, mis mejores deseos en tu día,Te quiero mucho y te admiro por tu fortaleza Adelante Campeona esa cima es tuya.

Posted by: graciela carmona soto on 12/8/2012 at 9:51 pm

Hey, Mark!  this is a great way to keep up with you.  So glad Kathy gave us the link to the blog.  Ken and I look forward to hearing your tales of the place waaay down under!


Posted by: Kate Green on 12/8/2012 at 7:50 pm

  The south pole is a long way from the wooden hospital in Deadwood, SD you were born in and the wooden school you attended in Black Hawk.  And now the 7th continent and
the 7th summit.  What next?  Rock on…........
Kim Denise Wyatt Kelly (your poor raggety butt Lutheran kin).

Posted by: Kim Smith on 12/8/2012 at 7:09 pm

Mark S. so glad to see you on another great adventure. Good luck to you and the team!I’m following with google..the pins are great!
all the best

Posted by: wayne hines on 12/8/2012 at 11:55 am

JJChoo, glad to hear your weather has been favorable so far.  Exciting to be able to monitor your progress through the blog and map updates.

Posted by: Darren McCoy on 12/8/2012 at 11:21 am

Excited to read the daily updates! On The Map is a great visual of the miles traveled. Looks like you and the team are moving right along.  Keep up the good work and stay safe….Love U, Mom

Posted by: Caroline on 12/8/2012 at 10:42 am

Happy to see continued good weather and that the winds aren’t a problem!  While I’m not prepared to trade our weather for yours, it is gross here… predicted high in Raleigh will be nearly 80! Wishing you and your team continued good weather and that all stay safe and strong!
Love Oz & Steph

Posted by: Stephanie on 12/8/2012 at 9:57 am

Happy Birthday to Gineth! Miss you sweetie. Stay strong.

Posted by: Michael on 12/8/2012 at 9:50 am

HW: You must be excited to finally get on the mountain after such a long journey from home! I hope the food we packed still tastes good in the extreme cold. I just showed the kids and your mom the latest blog posting and pictures. We wish you and the entire team would stay healthy and strong, and have a safe and successful climb. Love, -Fan

Posted by: Fan on 12/8/2012 at 9:22 am

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