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Vinson Massif: Hahn & Team Visit Patagonia

Poor conditions for flying continue to delay the start of our Antarctic expedition.  Reports were that snow was in the forecast for Union Glacier.  It is already a bit of a tricky proposition to land a large four engine jet transport on an ice runway in the interior of the continent, and so we put up no objections to our logistics company’s plan to push back departure.

But of course, Punta Arenas, the jumping off point for our Vinson climb, is coincidentally the jumping off point for exploring the beauty of Patagonia.  We rented some cars and left Punta at midday, driving up to Puerto Natales.  The sky was pretty well choked with cloud, but we could still make out the foundations of great snowy mountains in the distance, across wide open and windswept prairies.  A great many unidentified raptors and other beautiful birds were playing and hunting along the road.  We saw no shortage of sheep.  Tomorrow, our intention is to enter Torres Del Paine National Park to sight see and hike.  We’ll keep the main goal -to climb to Antarctica’s highest point- firmly in our thoughts, but in the meantime we’ll open our eyes to some of the beauty of South America.

Best Regards,

RMI Guide Dave Hahn


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