Don Wargowsky calls in a report– the team has been training and prepping at basecamp and will soon begin their summit attempt!
Hi friends, this is Don checking in from Mount Vinson basecamp in Antarctica. We had a wonderful day today in basecamp– this is a preparation day for things to come. The weather was a little bit chilly over night heading lows of-20 to 25 degrees, a little bit windy this morning, but things warmed up and the winds died down in the afternoon. We had a nice day here in camp of setting up our harnesses and the ascenders, reviewing glacier travel, and sorting out our food and meals for our summit attempt and we’re gonna start that tomorrow. We’re gonna move from basecamp up to Mount Vinson and low camp starting tomorrow morning and looking forward to good weather up there. The team is in great spirits everyone is doing well and it looks like we have great weather to come. So thank you very much for following along and look forward to talking to you tomorrow. Thanks!
Ben Jones and the team call in from Vinson basecamp!
Hi everybody this is Ben Jones all the way from Mount Vinson. We took a 4 hour flight and landed onto the blue ice runway, then took a short drive to union glacier. Then after a couple hours we got on another plane and flew here to Vinson Basecamp at just about 7,000 ft. It’s a little after midnight here and its been a long day. We’re getting ready to head off to bed and then tomorrow we’re be around here at camp reviewing skills before getting packed up for our move to the next camp the following day. Everybody is doing well and says hello to everybody following along back home. Talk to you soon.
Hola friends, family and loved ones,
Sad to depart from such an uplifting expedition. We’ve been telling stories of the highlights of our recent experiences on the “Ice” while celebrating our success on the massif known as Vinson. The weather tried our patience but ultimately it was very benign when it counted most on summit day. We were very fortunate to have excellent members that came ready to rock but mature enough to wait until the mountain was ready to be climbed. Now we say goodbye yet look forward to climbing we one another in the years to come.
May all your penguins be well fed!
All my best,Vern Tejas
I thought is was a fantastic experience. Alpine Ascents did a great job providing logistics and experienced guiding. Great mountain, great guides, overall a good group of people with good mountaineering skills.