Up to Low Camp!

Photo pulled from the Madison Mountaineering archive (Photo by Ted Hesser)

After arriving in base camp the day prior, the team wasted no time on their move up Mount Vinson! From their base camp, the team heads up the Branscomb Glacier, having to navigate some crevassing along the way before reaching low camp. After assembling camp, the team refueled with a nice dinner all together. With more good weather in the coming days, the team will continue their ascent of Antarctica’s highest peak. Expedition leader, Garrett Madison checks in with this dispatch from Mount Vinson:

Hello! This is Garrett calling in for the Mount Vinson (4892m/16,050ft) expedition team. We are up at low camp (2774m/9,100ft). We had a great day climbing from Vinson Base Camp (2140m/7,020ft) up to low camp. We were in the clouds part of the day, but then the clouds parted! So we got some nice views of Mount Vinson and the surrounding peaks: Mount Shinn (4661m/15,292ft) and Mount Epperly (4359m/14,301ft).

We made  good time getting up here to low camp and then built our camp, set up our own kitchen tent. We had a nice dinner: some sausages, mashed potatoes, and broccoli, and a little chocolate and pineapple for dessert.

So everyone is doing great. There’s good weather here, very calm and (garbled).

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