Hi, this is Garrett calling in for the Mount Vinson expedition number three with Garret and Jim Lumberg. We are up at high camp today on January 17th. We made the push from Low Camp up to High Camp after waking up this morning at Low Camp and having a nice breakfast. Then we climbed up the fixed ropes about 1,000 meters or 3,300 feet to High Camp. It was a little cool and windy once we got to High Camp. But we managed to set up tents, get some water going, had dinner. And now we are tucked into our sleeping bags, ready for a nice long sleep.
There were a couple of other teams that were up here and summitted today: the Alpine Ascents and IMG crews. They will be heading down tomorrow and it will be just us up here! So we are looking forward to having the mountain all to ourselves. We are going to take a rest day tomorrow and see what the weather forecast brings for a potential summit the following day.
Everything is great here on Vinson! We will check in soon.
(photo: Madison Mountaineering Vinson 2019 team two)
As the team readies for their summit attempt, team member Linda gets the honors and provides today’s dispatch from High Camp on Mount Vinson:
Hello, this is Linda calling in from the Madison Mountaineering Vinson team two. We had a wonderful day here at High Camp, resting, enjoying the scenery, and getting ready for our summit attempt tomorrow. The weather looks beautiful! We just had our summit talk and a good dinner and we are getting ready to settle in. We are going to get up early and hopefully head to the summit tomorrow!!
Sending our love to friends and family!
(photo: Madison Mountaineering archives)
Our Vinson team two is now at High Camp! Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, has this exciting update:
Hello! This is Garrett calling in for the Mount Vinson expedition team number two: Conan, Garrett, Shawn, Fon, Linda, and Paul! Today is the eighth of January and we are up at High Camp. We had a great day climbing from Low Camp up the steep fixed ropes to High Camp at just over 12,400 feet on Mount Vinson. Beatiful weather today, clear skies, sunny, very calm, just a slight breeze to keep us cool on the way up so that we didn’t overheat.
Tomorrow we’re probably going to take a rest day. We are going to sleep in and get up and see what the weather is doing. But most likely we’ll be resting here before looking at our summit attempt in the next few days.
Everyone is doing great here on Mount Vinson and we will check in again soon. Thanks!
(photo: Madison Mountaineering archive)
For our 2018 expedition we are using these backpack from Mountain Hardwear. Also, our Mountain Hardwear ‘South Col’ backpacks are utilized by our climbing Sherpa to transport the essential equipment in harsh environment . Furthermore, these backpacks are used for rope fixing all the way to the summit.
Over the past four days our Mount Vinson climbing team has been pinned by high winds on the mountain. With gail force winds reaching over 50 knots, Garrett and team have decided to wait out the weather and enjoy an extended stay on the tallest mountain in Antarctica. Currently Garrett and team have the whole mountain to themselves, as they are the only team on the mountain the last four days. Shoutout to Mountain Hardwear for the field tested Trango 3 expedition tent for withstanding these conditions over the past four days. Our team has also put to use the extremely warm Ghost -40 degree F sleeping bags which have kept our team nice and cozy throughout the day. Garrett, Mike, Sam, Iñaki, and Todd have plenty of food and fuel and are making the most of their adventure of a lifetime. Tomorrow the forecast is calling for reduced winds down to 25 knots, which will allow our team to make the descent down to Vinson Base Camp. Onward!
For family and friends of the climbers, I can be reached at any point in regard to this expedition at firstname.lastname@example.org
Audio Dispatch from Garrett Madison ~ Wednesday, December 9
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 expedition tents at High Camp on Mount Vinson, keeping our team warm and safe!