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Vinson Massif Expedition:  Switcheroo at Vinson Base Camp

The RMI Vinson teams traded places this evening.  It was a day of wait-and-see as far as flying was concerned.  High winds at Union Glacier, high winds in the intended flight path through the Ellsworth Mountains, and big winds that we could see on the upper slopes of Vinson.  But things began to calm as the day went on and there was continued hope that the flight would happen before the day was out.  I’d just sat down to dinner with group one at Vinson Base when news came that group two was in the air headed our way.  Kara, Juan, Piotr, and Spencer packed fast and watched the ski equipped twin otter make a perfect uphill landing on the Branscomb.  It was great to see Bill, Sarah, Fatima, and Larry emerge from the plane.  The two teams mingled and compared notes as the plane was unloaded and reloaded.  We were all happy to hear that team 2 was treated to such a fine time during their several days stay at Union.  And I believe team 2 was relieved to see that team 1 had managed to come through a Vinson climb appearing happy and no worse for the wear. 
Then it was load up time and I said goodbye to team 1.  We shared some wonderful times together. Rumor has it that there are Ilyushin flights scheduled as early as tomorrow, so perhaps they’ll be luckier on their Antarctic exit than they were on their entrance.  Team 2 bedded down for the night at VBC… Ready to climb.
Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn


Comments (3)

It’s great to hear that team 2 had an exciting plane trip and is now at Vinson Base. Have a great climb Larry.

Posted by: Mark on

Enjoy Vinson! Hope the team has a great experience down there!
Love to Fatima,
Peter

Posted by: Peter Williamson on

Excellent news!
Lisa, Billy, Katie and Morgan

Posted by: lisa on

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