Another Vinson Expedition Underway!

Photo pulled from the Madison Mountaineering archive (Photo by Ted Hesser)

The final Madison Mountaineering Mount Vinson expedition of the season is off in Antarctica! The team has arrived in Vinson base camp after several days spent in Union Glacier Camp. When the skies cleared and allowed them to fly to their next camp, the team was gifted with spectacular views looking down on Antarctica below and the many mountains in all directions. With good weather ahead, the team plans to start their ascent on Antarctica’s highest peak! Expedition leader, Garrett Madison checks in with this dispatch from Antarctica:

Hey! This is Garrett calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Mount Vinson (4892m/16,050ft) expedition number three – last one of the season! Today we arrived in Mount Vinson base camp (2140m/7,020ft) after a couple of days delay at Union Glacier Camp (700m/2,297ft). We finally had good weather to fly in by twin otter with the team and arrived at Mount Vinson. It was a beautiful flight over, clear views, great views of mountains all around Antarctica, and now we’re reunited with my colleague/co-guide, Benny Lieber. So, happy to have the team together.

We got our camp set up and did some training today, some review, and organized our group loads. We’re getting ready to move up to low camp (2774m/9,100ft) tomorrow assuming it’s good weather. (There’s) a little bit of wind in the forecast the next few days, but hopefully not enough to prevent us from moving up!

Everyone’s doing great! We’re really happy and excited to be here, and looking forward to getting our final expedition here of the season in Antarctica underway! All is well and we’ll check in soon.

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