Vinson Massif: High Time We Got To High Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 12,300'

Our string of good days continues.  We made good use of this one as well, climbing in good style to our 12,300 ft high camp.  We were up at the crack of 11:15 AM as usual for low camp… waiting for the sun.  But then it was a big flurry of activity for us as we ate brunch, knocked down the tents and packed up our packs.  Spikes were on and we hit the trail at 1:30 PM.  We made great progress today, with everybody feeling strong and enjoying the limitless scenery.  Likely we are getting the benefit of having already climbed most of the way on our carry two days back, and certainly yesterday’s rest didn’t hurt.  As we got higher on the fixed lines, it did seem like we were able to see for hundreds of miles… the horizon couldn’t actually have been that far, but when it is ice as far as the eye can see, it does start to feel global in scale.

We were lucky to have calm conditions as we exited the ropes and made our way up the last 500 vertical feet to camp.  We managed it all in a respectable six hours, pulling in at 7:30 PM.  Everybody was in a pretty good and optimistic mood, as they should be.  If the good weather continues we could be on the summit tomorrow afternoon. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

An RMI Climber at the top of the fixed lines on the Vinson Massif. Photo: Peter Whittaker Collection

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