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Vinson Massif: Hahn & Team Back to Union Glacier

Just like that, we went from a high cold camp on Vinson to a low,  warm (relatively) camp on the Union Glacier.  It was hard work, as usual, knocking down tents, getting packed up, and getting in some breakfast this morning, but we did it.  We started walking down the mountain at 10:30 AM.  The fixed rope descent was a workout with the big packs, but it all went smoothly, as did repacking for sled travel at Low Camp.  A few beautiful hours of glacier trudging brought us to Basecamp.  We packed, repacked and enjoyed the sunshine and big views of Mount Vinson as we waited for our airplane.  The Twin Otter swooped onto the strip and we loaded up.  Our flight back to Union was even a little more spectacular than usual as our pilots wanted to check on a few climbers in a seldom visited cluster of steep mountains just south of the Vinson and Craddock Massifs. We landed at Union just in time for a delicious sit-down (in chairs, that is) meal in the grand dining tent.  It was fun to see all of the other climbing teams again and to catch up with the ALE staff.  Quite a change for my small team after these past few days of solitude.  We are living in the lap of luxury now and are perfectly positioned to catch our flight north on Dec 29th, should conditions allow it. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn


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