Vinson Massif: Team Winds Down at Union Glacier Basecamp

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Seth Waterfall | December 16, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 7,200'

An easy and slightly surreal day for the team, after so much walking and dealing with discomfort… to be thoroughly inactive, waited upon and flat out comfortable in the luxurious dining tent at Union Glacier

The team wasn’t visibly anxious to be missing out on exercise, nor did anyone seem worried over whether the Ilyushin airplane would fly on time.  We sat, we ate, we concurred.  Life is good.  There was a persistent and slight breeze blowing all day long at the Union Glacier camp, but the air temperature is so warm (compared to anywhere on Vinson) that we routinely walked from tent to tent without gloves or jackets, crunching along on well-packed snow. 

If all goes well, the plane will fly from Punta Arenas tomorrow and the RMI Vinson team will head back to South America and a victory feast with Seth Waterfall.  I’ll stay in to greet the next RMI Vinson team and get started on a new adventure.  Many thanks to those who have followed our trip for the past two weeks.  Your comments were passed on to us (we don’t surf the web, but we exchange email with RMI headquarters) and produced many smiles on twelve sunburned faces.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The Ilyushin parked at Union Glacier. Photo: Peter Whittaker Collection RMI Guide Seth Waterfall on the ice. Photo: Jake Norton Road signs at Union Glacier. Photo: Peter Whittaker Collection

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Thanks to you Dave & Seth and the whole RMI team. Sterling had a wonderful experience.

Posted by: Sue Foreman on 12/17/2012 at 9:39 pm

Dear Dave & Seth: Thank you very much for taking the time to write all those informative blogs every day after a hard day of climbing in extreme cold. They were the first things I checked for in the morning and last things I read at night. They made me feel like part of the expedition (albeit in the comfort of our home), living the ups and downs of our loved ones through your postings. Thanks for guiding another successful climb! Happy Holidays! -Fan

Posted by: Fan on 12/17/2012 at 7:46 pm

Thanks to the team at RIM, its reports kept us aware of our loved ones as they were, I wish you success in your future expeditions.  Gracias chicos Pura Vida.

Posted by: Graciela Carmona Soto on 12/17/2012 at 7:49 am

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