Today our climbing team in Antarctica spent the day settling into Base Camp on Vinson Massif and prepared for the ascent to Camp 1 in the coming days. Mike, Sam, Iñaki, and Todd woke up to a breakfast feast this morning, including pancakes, eggs, and bacon! Garrett’s mountain culinary skills are some of the best on the mountains 🙂 After a delicious breakfast the team did a quick ascent and strategically moved food, gear, and other personal items further up the mountain in preparation for the team’s push to Camp 1. The team is now waiting on the weather conditions for tomorrow before determining the days agenda. Depending on the wind and temperature, our climbing team may spend another night in Base Camp. Our team has a exciting opportunity to interact with other Antarctic explorers as well as scientists doing meaningful research in their fields while they make their journey across the frozen continent. To the top!
This article written on Mashable shares additional photos of Thrusday’s historic Boeing 757 landing on the blue-ice runway.
Dispatch below from our Expedition Leader ~ Garrett Madison
Unloading gear and setting up base camp on Vinson Massif.
Camp 1 on Vinson Massif
Beautiful shot of the Ellsworth Mountains from Base Camp.
Summit in sight at 4,892 m (16,050 ft)!
DHC-6 Twin Otter near Mount Vinson Base Camp.