Well, we had a great season in Antarctica this past month. We did two Madison Mountaineering Vinson expedition climbs that were successful: one in late December and one in early January along with co-guide Conrad Anker. And then I stayed down with Conrad and some of his friends came in and we climbed Vinson in a day via a variation of a new route that Conrad had actually climbed 20 years ago: The Central Ice Stream on Mount Vinson.
After that one day ascent, we skied down most of the mountain and then flew over to Mount Tyree, the second-highest mountain in Antarctica. Beautiful location — the valley next to Mount Tyree, which has only been climbed a handful of times. We spent six nights there attempting climb Mount Tyree but did not summit due to very unusual heavy snow conditions and very high avalanche risk up near the summit of Tyree. We got up fairly high but turned around on our summit day due to the unsafe, unstable snow conditions.
Everybody had a great trip. It was a wonderful season in Antarctica, and we just feel so lucky to have been down there with so many great people and very beautiful and surreal natural beauty surrounding.
So, great season and we are looking forward to going back next year. Please contact us if you would like to consider joining one of our Antarctic programs!
By the way, it’s not too early to start making your plans to join us on Mount Vinson for the 2020/2021 season next December! Contact our office for details.
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