Today the Vinson team bided their time at High Camp waiting for the weather to clear. Conrad Anker provides a recap of the day and the plan for tomorrow in this sat phone dispatch:
Well, the weather gods, we like them, we honor them, we respect them. After our 15-hour window of good weather where we had the majority of our team make the summit, it came in fast and furious. It was blowing wet snow coming in off the Amundsen Sea. So, we did the right thing, which was to hibernate, sit in our tents, and not go down the ropes, seeing as it was, we could barely see across camp.
It’s about 9 o’clock in the evening here local and it’s calm and clear. Well, it’s clear – it’s still blowing. But relatively calm after these last few days of a steady 20 knots to 25 knots of wind coming from the east. So, it’s looking good.
The team is out breaking their tents out of the snow that has kind of cemented them in and getting them ready. We are going to wake up early tomorrow and get down to advanced camp, the Low Camp and then from there head to Vinson base camp. And, weather permitting, we’ll catch our Twin Otter flights to Union Glacier.
And for the team of V4, we’ve had a wonderful time, we’ve made new friends, we’ve experienced the highs and lows that Antarctica has to offer. Pretty much the consensus over our humble fare this evening as we had dinner was that the trying and challenging trips are the ones that leave a lasting memory. So, we’re coming home with lots of memories and we’re thankful to all of you out there in the far reaches of the world that tune in and listen to us.
So, this is Garrett and Conrad signing off. Be well. Talk to you tomorrow.
(photo: Madison Mountaineering December 2019 Team #1)
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