Hello, this is Garrett calling in for Mount Vinson expedition number three: Garrett Madison and Jim Lumberg in collaboration with PolarExplorers! Today we left Union Glacier camp and flew via Twin Otter aircraft to Mount Vinson base camp at 7,800 ft.. We rigged our sleds and backpacks and started climbing up to Low Camp. It took us about five and a half hours to get to Low Camp. We arrived, pitched our tents, fired up our stoves, started melting snow for water, and cooked a great dinner. Now we’re getting ready for bed.
Tomorrow our plan is to climb up the fixed ropes to High Camp, gaining just over 3,000 ft.. Then we will settle into High Camp around 12,400 ft. and see what the weather brings. We are both doing well here! It’s a beautiful day on Mount Vinson – sunny / no wind. We are the only ones here in camp, so we have the mountain to ourselves! It’s really special to be here.
We will check in soon. Thanks!
(photo: Vinson 2019 team two from earlier this week)