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Vinson Massif: Hahn & Team Make Summit Attempt

We went for it today!  Another absolutely beautiful, sunny, calm and clear day.  It was something of a long shot for our entire team to be fully acclimated and ready for this serious push to 16,000 ft but we decided it was worth the try.  That summit or not, we wanted to give it a go.  And so we set off at 9 AM.  It was cold at first, but rapidly becoming evident that -without even a hint of breeze- we wouldn’t suffer so much from the low temps.  In fact, many of our team were pealing off down pants and bibs in the first uphill hours.  We made steady progress, but the altitude took a toll and ultimately we formed turn around ropes.  Those of us coming down early put our hopes and best wishes into those continuing to the top.  Those pushing on got determined and efficient and topped out at 4:45 PM with inspired help from Scott, from Conrad Anker and from Hannah.  Our entire team was reunited at high camp by 7:30 PM and enjoyed several easy, comfortable New Years Day hours recounting the adventure and looking out over the precipice of Vinson’s great western wall.  We blew out candles on cookies for Sarah’s perfectly timed birthday and called it a day.  An incredible day in a wondrous place. 

Best Regards

RMI Guide Dave Hahn


Comments (6)

Congrats team glad you all made your dream come true. Glad everyone is safe. Special shout out to our son Michael Altenhofen way to go . Hope all have a safe return to your homes and family’s. God Bless. Boyd Donna

Posted by: Boyd Donna Altenhofen on

Thank you for a great story of your journey.  Congrats!

Posted by: Terri L. Jennings on

Happy Birthday Sarah

Posted by: Lesia A Hatlestad on

Congratulations to all. Safe travels home!

xoPaula

Posted by: Paula Viesturs on

Congratulations to all of you, and Happy Birthday, Sarah!

Posted by: Rick and Sue Levine on

Congrats Team Vinson!
Safe trip home and what a way to spend a New Years!
Cheers!
Stroker

Posted by: Sean Gustafson on

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