Vinson Massif: Rest/ Storm/ Holiday

Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 25, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 12,400'

We spent the night listening to a wind play through high camp.  It wasn’t a strong wind, but it was persistent and if anybody got out of the tent to feel it, it was a cold wind.  It had eased considerably by morning and so there was hope that our Christmas gift from the universe would be a nice calm summit day.  But no.  One look at the summits of surrounding peaks (we can’t see Vinson summit from high camp) revealed wind driven and sleekly sculpted cloud caps on everything.  It could not be a summit day, but it turned out to be a pretty great holiday.  We took it very easy and slow; resting, reading, taking pictures, eating and drinking.  No parades, no football, no turkey and no tree.  But also no complaints. The weather (in camp and up high) got quite nice as the day went on.  We each took walks a couple hundred feet to the west to peer over the edge… a thousand meters straight down to Low Camp, and to see where Vinson Basecamp might be hiding under a carpet of low cloud, and to gaze out at the endless ice cap. 
We have high hopes for tomorrow.
Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Views from High Camp on Vinson Massif.  Photo: Jake Norton

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Hey Jake and Team #2. Merry X-Mas.I hope that crazy wind carms down for a good chance at your summit bid. Looking forward to our trek with Bill Nugent in Feb. Ken Young

Posted by: Ken Young on 12/26/2012 at 8:02 am

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