Our expedition leader, Garrett Madison phoned in this report from Union Glacier Camp:
Hi this is Garrett calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Vinson program with the Japanese group. Today we flew back to from Vinson Base Camp to Union Glacier Camp in the morning. The Ilyushin jet arrived and our Japanese team was able to successfully depart Union Glacier Camp and arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile. So we had a wonderful expedition, very successful and safe and all is well!
Our second Vinson team has arrived: (Guide) Conan with (climbers) Shawn, Linda, and Paul and they are currently at Vinson Base Camp. They are setting up their camp and getting ready to make their first climb up the mountain tomorrow. Myself and (climbers) Fon and Jimmy will be starting Mount Vinson in a couple days time. Jimmy is completing his Ski-The-Last-Degree program to the South Pole and once finished, we will all head to Vinson Base Camp and start climbing, which we’re very much looking forward to.
We are all enjoying our time here in Antarctica and wishing everyone back home well. Thanks very much!
(photo: Madison Mountaineering archive)