Cozied up in Low Camp!

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

The Madison Mountaineering Mount Vinson expedition team has left their base camp and settled into their temporary home at low camp! Here, they’ll spend another day resting and reviewing technical skills that they’ll need higher on the mountain. With great weather so far, the team hopes for more sunny skies as they continue to ascend Antarctica’s highest peak. Expedition leader, Garrett Madison checks in with this dispatch from Mount Vinson:

Hello! This is Garrett calling in from Low Camp (2774m/9,100ft) on Mount Vinson (4892m/16,050ft) with our first expedition team of the season. We had a great day coming up from base camp (2140m/7,020ft) – myself, Benny with Art, Kevin, and Sanjeev. It was nice, sunny weather, and then clouds came in for a little bit and cooled off. By the time we got to camp, the skies parted and the sun came back out! So we had a nice evening here getting camp set up, digging out our cache, cooking dinner, and now we are off to bed a little after midnight.

So, we are excited to take a rest day tomorrow, which is really today, and review some fixed-climb climbing techniques, check the weather forecast, and see if we can move up the following day if everything looks good.

So everyone is doing great and we are excited to be here! We are enjoying some fabulous views and lots of other nice teams and climbers on the mountain. So we are having a great time here! We’ll check in soon.

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

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

In addition to these expedition dispatches, you can also follow our teams as they make their attempts on the world’s most formidable mountains on:

Amazon Alexa devices with the Madison Mountaineering Flash Briefing skill:

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