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Team No Problem departs Antarctica!

Hello friends, family and loved ones!

We had great luck today with a complicated logistics. The clouds lifted at Vinson base camp this morning so we dropped our tents and packed our bags. The fog gathered again to threaten our take off on the Twin Otter aircraft but we were able to launch despite deteriorating visibility.

As we landed in the small encampment of Union glacier, the big cargo transport plane from South America, that was to take us back, also touched down. We had just enough time to grab a hot lunch before we boarded the jet. Six hours later we were in Punta Arenas, Chile having our celebration dinner. Afterwards were payed a visit to the same bar that Earnest Shackleton raised funds to rescue his marooned crew.

What a day! Our departure was so well orchestrated we are having a hard believing our great fortune. We are stoked to get clean and eat real food again!

All our best,Ben Jones and Vern Tejas

Vinson Team No Problem Flying to the Ice

Great news, the winds have dropped at Union glacier, Antarctica. So we are excited about flying across the Drake passage to the last continent.
Security checked and boarding.

All our best,Ben Jones and Vern Tejas

Vinson Team No Problem Returns to Basecamp

Team No Problem Summits Vinson in Perfect Conditions!

Vinson Team No Problem Preps for Summit Bid

Antarctica is basically another planet and so much has to go right to make this expedition a reality… weather, logistics, unforeseen circumstances.  Aside from some very late luggage, this expedition went flawlessly.  Alpine Ascents has considered every single detail and executed the trip beautifully. 

Disembarking on the ice from our Illuyshin 76 private jet. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
Moving to Base Camp from our Twin Otter landing strip. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
Neighboring Mount Shinn from High Camp. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
High Camp. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
Summit Ridge. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
Vinson Summit. Lakpa Rita Sherpa becomes the first Sherpa to summit Mount Vinson, and the Seven Summits. Photo: Andy Tyson
Plenty of daylight. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
Climbing towards summit ridge. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
Ralaxing at Union Glacier Camp. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska

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