Our Mount Vinson team #1 is now back at Union Glacier camp and getting ready to return to South America tomorrow. Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, calls in from camp with a recap of the busy day:
Hello. This is Garrett calling for the Mount Vinson expedition team #1. Today is Saturday, December 28th and myself, Bartek, Aga and Motoki have all return back to Union Glacier camp from Mount Vinson.
We had a wonderful day. We woke up this morning at Mount Vinson High Camp after our successful summit yesterday. We descended from High Camp all the way down the fixed ropes past Low Camp and down to Vinson base camp. And then a couple of hours later we were met by a Twin Otter aircraft where we boarded and flew back to Union Glacier camp. It was a very scenic flight, great views all around.
We had a nice dinner here at Union Glacier camp, and a shower and the climbers are looking forward to the flight out on the Ilyushin 76 jet tomorrow from the Blue Ice Runway back to Punta Arenas. Hopefully, the weather is good and our three climbers will be flying back to Chile and our next group of Mount Vinson climbers, along with guest guide Conrad Anker, will be flying into Union Glacier camp and heading to Mount Vinson.
All’s well here in Antarctica. We will check-in again soon! Thanks!
(photo: Madison Mountaineering archive)
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In addition to these expedition dispatches, you can also follow the teams as they make their attempts to summit the highest mountain in Antarctica on: