Vinson Massif: Team Refreshes on the Basics and Caches Supplies Uphill

Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 18, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 7,200'

Clouds and murk rule the Ellsworth Mountains for the moment.  But even so, the weather isn’t all that bad down here on the Branscomb Glacier.  We did a normal mid-morning wake-up at Vinson Base (earlier than that one risks discomfort from cold shadows and down glacier breezes).  A leisurely breakfast was followed by a brief review of the basic mountaineering techniques we’ll employ for travel on the lower mountain.  In mid-afternoon we set out to carry loads up the long gentle hills between base and the big ninety degree turn of the glacier at the foot of Vinson’s massive Western escarpment.  This carry wasn’t performed so much out of a great need to get supplies up the hill, but more out of a desire to test systems and our legs and lungs.  All good.  We cached the load at around 8,700 ft and walked easily back to our 7,000 ft Basecamp.  We even got a few grand views of the endless ice to the west.  These had to suffice for scenery since the clouds closed in while we were eating dinner and put us in a world of gauze and grey.  The sun will come out tomorrow.  Possibly. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The mountains near Vinson Basecamp.

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