Today our Mount Vinson team one moved into their Christmas location of Low Camp on Mount Vinson. Meanwhile, in Punta Arenas, Chile, our Mount Vinson team two arrived and will spend the next few days preparing for their flight to Union Glacier, Antarctica. Here’s Garrett via sat phone with the recap of the day on Mount Vinson:
Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Mount Vinson expedition team. It’s Christmas Eve, December 24th here and we climbed up from Vinson Base Camp to Low Camp today on Mount Vinson.
We left base camp mid-day after packing up and caching our gear. We climbed about eight hours up to Low Camp (or Camp 1) on Vinson. We had nice weather, it was a little blustery and snowy starting out for the first few hours and then the wind let up a little bit and we actually got a little sun up here at Low Camp and had a Christmas Eve dinner. We had some salmon, some mixed vegetables, some empanadas, and some mangos and chocolates for dessert. It was a fun evening. We’re glad to be up here at Low Camp. It was a long and tiring day but we’re feeling good and we’re looking forward to a rest day tomorrow on Christmas Day.
All’s well here at Low Camp on Mount Vinson. We’ll check in soon and happy Christmas Eve to everyone out there!
In addition to these expedition dispatches, you can also follow our teams as they make their attempts on the world’s most formidable mountains on:
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