The team made strong work today, ascending from their Low Camp to High Camp and battling some winds along the way. Everyone is comfortably settled into their tents and looking forward to a rest day tomorrow as they look for a window to make their summit push! Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, checks in with todays dispatch from High Camp on Mount Vinson:
Hello! This is Garrett calling in for the Mount Vinson (4892m/16,050ft) expedition team with Conrad Anker and friends Bill Dyer, Chris Figenshau, Wes, Elizabeth and Woody! We are up at High Camp (3536m/11,600ft).
We had a great day climbing from Low Camp (2774m/9,100ft) to High Camp on the eighth of January. It ended up turning a little windy once we got to the top of the fixed ropes, so we really had to batten down the hatches, put on our big puffy jackets, and gloves, and mitts, and hand warmers. We made it into our High Camp here and fired up our stoves, sat in our tents, had dinner, and now we’re just getting ready for bed.
So tomorrow we’ll take a rest day after that big effort coming up to High Camp on Mount Vinson! Hopefully there’s some good weather – blowing pretty hard up here earlier today, cold (garbled) wind, some moisture coming off the sea, but hopefully that’ll subside and we’ll get some favorable conditions for a summit in the next few days.
Everybody’s up here and doing well, although we’re tired – it was a tough day. We’ll check in soon!
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