Vinson Massif: Hahn & Team Carry Halfway

Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 7,200'

We are back to great weather on Vinson.  There was still a little wind apparent up high during the morning, and a few fog banks forming and dissipating down below, but by mid-day one could only describe it as “splitter”.  Perfect blue sky, big bright sun and no wind… splitter.  Team 2 had a fine breakfast at Vinson Base and then we settled into a light training and review session.  Bill, Sara, Fatima and Larry each have fine climbing resumes, so it was only necessary to run through some quick examples of crevasse rescue and anchoring systems to refresh memories.  In the afternoon we went for our shakedown cruise: a carry of food and gear to half camp.  It was great to stretch legs and get some views of the surrounding humongous peaks.  We were back to Base by around 7 PM, in time for dinner in the strong evening sun.  We turned in for bed confident that the sunshine would keep tents warm well into the night.  Sometime after one or two AM the sun will go behind the mountain and life will get cool, but by then we’ll be sleeping… Dreaming of the move to low camp tomorrow.

Word is that the Ilyushin is flying to Union tonight, so Team 1 (Kara, Juan, Piotr, and Spencer) should have breakfast in South America.  Bon Voyage.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Larry and the gang:  Glad to know the weather is cooperating and hope it continues.  What tales you can tell us when you return.  Best wishes to all! Gerri S.

Posted by: Gerri Seaton on 12/12/2013 at 5:18 pm

Larry and Crew

Great to hear how your expedition is progressing so well!  Hope the weather continues to be good.  Excited to hear how your safely and successful move up the mountain!!  Keep each other warm and best of success!!!

Fred K

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 12/12/2013 at 6:35 am

Good morning to all you in the deep south.  Safe travels.

Posted by: Mary on 12/12/2013 at 3:47 am

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