Vinson Massif Expedition: Big Day

Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 02, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 7,200'

We woke to a perfect day at Union Glacier and proceeded to make the most of it.  By 10:15 AM we were getting airborne in a Canadian Twin Otter.  There were no clouds to be seen, just mountain after mountain and glacier after glacier.  Thirty something minutes into our flight, the mountains got enormous, which meant we were headed in the right direction.  A few minutes more and we were circling the Branscomb Glacier and checking out the snow strip runway.  After a flawless touchdown, the team got out, said “wow” a lot and began hauling gear toward a likely set of tent sites.  We built camp, sorted gear, sat for a great briefing with ALE’s Basecamp manager and by 5 PM were ready to go for a walk.  The teams that had come in yesterday were already moving up the mountain, but we were content to simply do a carry up to “half camp” and then return to base for the night.  Vinson base is at 7,000 ft and so to get used to the altitude and the rhythms of glacier travel we carried food and equipment for a little more than two hours, cached it and walked another hour back downhill.  We were in camp again by 9 PM which left plenty of strong sunshine hours for dinner and prepping for bed. 
It sure took us a while to get to the mountain, but now we are all pretty excited to have arrived. 
Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Arriving Vinson Massif.  Photo: Jake Norton/ First Ascent Unloading gear at Vinson Basecamp.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Hola equipo:

Les deseamos mucha suerte en su ascenso.
Juan, amor. Recuerda siempre que te amamos y estamos siempre contigo. Estamos muy orgullosos de ti y te extrañamos muchísimo.
Ve por la cima y vuelve pronto,  que aquí te estamos esperando.

Tu familia

Posted by: Eva Glenn on 12/3/2013 at 6:46 pm

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