Vinson Massif Expedition:  Team Explores Punta Arenas

Posted by: Dave Hahn | November 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif

There was some reason for hope today for getting the Antarctic flights rolling.  But in the end the better weather didn’t quite materialize.  We didn’t waste much time fretting over the situation though.  The team rallied after leisurely breakfast coffees (extending well into the afternoon) and set off on an urban hike.  At least it began as an urban hike, through the streets of Punta Arenas, accumulating stray dogs as we went along, but after about an hour of hard walking we worked our way into the countryside.  The wind was howling and the clouds were covering sun and sky, but we persevered.  Ultimately we found ourselves in park-like surroundings, climbing the ski area overlooking town.  At the top we were two thousand feet higher and about 7.5 miles from our lodging.  We still had one stray dog and about fifty miles per hour of wind, to go along with an unexpectedly grand view of Punta and the whitecaps of the Straits of Magellan.
We were back down to the waterfront and the friendly tourist restaurants by early evening, celebrating another fine summit together.
Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The RMI Team hiking the streets of Punta Arenas.  Photo: Dave Hahn Wind walking on the hills above Punta Arenas.  Photo: Dave Hahn The RMI Vinson team on the summit of the Punta Arenas Ski Area.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Hello team!
I’m grateful for your blog, so I know what is going on with my friend Kara! I’m sorry the weather has not cooperated so you can kick off your expedition, but you have a great attitude about it since its beyond your control. Safety first! Maybe you can have a proper Thanksgiving meal after all! I’ll stay tuned to read about your adventures. Fingers crossed for a break in the weather!
Take care, Dixie

Posted by: Dixie Trunko on 11/27/2013 at 6:53 am

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