Vinson Massif Expedition:  Team Moves to Low Camp

Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Vinson Massif
Elevation: 9,300'

We busted out of Base Camp today.  Just over five hours of walking up the Branscomb Glacier put us at “low” camp, which isn’t all that low at 9300 ft above sea level. Half way along the route we picked up our cached supplies and equipment from yesterday’s carry.  We were alone for our day of climbing, since the other teams in our rotation have about four days head-start on us.  One of those, a German team, made the top today in a speedy ascent.  They were early enough in the day that they came all the way back down to low camp.  So we have neighbors.  The other two teams are still at high camp hoping to get a shot at the summit tomorrow.  We had great conditions for coming along directly under Vinson’s giant western face, and we had perfect and unobstructed views of Mounts Gardner, Epperly and Shinn.  Camp was built quickly and easily and after a filling dinner, the team retired to bask in the strong, late night sun.  We’ll get that sun until at least three AM, but then, while it is behind the mountain, our teeth will be chattering until 11 AM. 
Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

A climbers on the Branscomb Glacier.  Photo: RMI Collection Low Camp on Mt. Vinson.  Photo:  RMI Collection

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No one, I mean no one, can keep you down!  See a mountain (that is 16,000 feet or higher) and Larry will be climbing it!!  You are the poster-child for the next edition of “Younger Next Year”!!!

Please encourage those guides of yours to send some up close pics.  We all want to see determined and smiling faces!

So neat to hear how well things are progressing!!

Stay safe and united!!!

Fred K

Posted by: Fred Klingbeil on 12/13/2013 at 3:39 pm

It’s chilly in southern California but nothing compared to where you all are.  Keep warm. What an adventure you are having.  Larry, can’t wait to hear all about this trip.  Love, Mom

Posted by: Gerri Seaton on 12/13/2013 at 11:16 am

I hope the team is feeling strong and enjoying climbing in that wonderful icy scenery. Thanks for the blog updates Dave. Love to Fatima, Peter

Posted by: Peter Williamson on 12/13/2013 at 5:50 am

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