Great news from Antarctica where 100% of our first team reached the summit of the continent’s highest peak, Mount Vinson! Here’s Garrett’s report from High Camp:
Hello, this is Garrett Madison calling in for the Mount Vinson expedition team #1. Today’s December 27th and we reached the summit of Mount Vinson today, the highest peak in Antarctica! The team did great.
We left at about 9:30 AM from High Camp after a quick breakfast and climbed all day, had some windy conditions and a bit of a cold on the way up, and then the weather got a little bit nicer and we got up to the summit ridge. Got up to the summit, had it all to ourselves for a bit, took some photos and then made our way back down to High Camp.
We got back to High Camp around 6:00 PM and just finished up some dinner. So, heading to bed early tonight and looking forward to heading down to Vinson base camp tomorrow and onward back to Union Glacier camp.
So it’s been a great climb here on Mount Vinson with the first team, very successful. We were lucky with good weather and good route conditions and great climbers.
We’ll check-in soon. Thanks!
(photo: Garrett Madison’s overused Vinson summit pic from the Madison Mountaineering archive)
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.
In addition to these expedition dispatches, you can also follow the teams as they make their attempts to summit the highest mountain in Antarctica on: