January 7, 2016
Vinson is pretty much a wrap. The team left high camp yesterday, descended all the way to Vinson base camp, hopped into a waiting Twin Otter and were eating a hot, prepared dinner at the Union Glacier last evening. Now, they simply relax in total comfort until the ‘big bird’ swoops in and grabs them. Ideally, that happens on 9 Jan. That flight will bring in our final group of the season. Austin Shannon will be waiting for that team’s arrival. Don’t know how this trip could have gone any better and don’t know how we could have put together a better group of climbers. IMG is totally proud of our climbers and guides.
Mike Hamill just emailed from Mendoza and told me it’s pouring rain there. Mike and team will begin flying home on the 9th. They gave it their all but sometimes the mountain says ‘no’. It shouted ‘NO’ this time.
Meanwhile on Aconcagua, Josh McDowell and crew continue to wait at C1. Team’s antsy to go higher but Josh is holding them in check. Hoping they can sneak in a carry to C2 today. We’ll see. Weather has the final word. They’re healthy, fed and watered and raring to go.