November 28, 2016
Quick update this morning from “the Ice”. Mike Hamill got on the sat phone last evening to let me know that the flight in, on the IL 76, went smoothly and that the team was able to transfer over to Vinson base camp soon thereafter. The IL lands at the Union Glacier, about 80 degrees South. The team then grabbed all the gear we leave on the Ice over the winter, had a great, hot meal served by the staff of ALE and then flew in one of the Twin Otters over to Vinson base camp – about 7,000 ft and about 79 degrees South.
I have no doubt they slept well last night after such a long day and getting their tents set up and camp established. Mike said forecast looks favorable for a couple of days and that he’s planning on having the team make a carry to C1 today. ‘When the fish are running, it’s time to go fishing’.
Nice start to the trip.