January 4, 2010
Always fun to report that we’ve heard from our team in Antarctica. George Dunn just called in from Vinson Massif. The crew was able to carry to high camp today. A bit windy and overcast but doable. Their loads were cached there and that gear will be waiting for them when they make their final move up.
Also good to hear was the fact that the team handled the long fixed ropes that lead towards high camp well. 1200 meters, that’s close to 4000 feet, of rope are followed with the aid of an ascender. Provides a little ‘assist’ as a climber is moving up but also serves as a great back up from a safety standpoint. George reported that the crew is back at C1 and ready for the upcoming move to high camp. Then, one more day of decent weather is needed for the final ascent. So far, so good. We’ll expect another call once the team has been able to establish high camp.