Patriot Hills, Antarctica
This is Casey Henley calling
from Patriot Hills in Antarctica. We are anxiously awaiting the jet to fly us
back to Punta Arenas, Chile. We are all ready to leave and are eager for the
weather to clear, but are using our time here as rest days from our climb.
Everyone here is extremely happy and still a little “high” from our summit. We
started together and summited together, and are pleased with the 100 percent
success rate we had. We hope everyone’s family is doing well and we are ready
to see everyone back home.
Patriot Hills: This is Christine Boskoff and the Mountain Madness Vinson
Expedition reporting from Patriot Hills. We have been in Patriot Hills for
several days now waiting for agreeable weather so we can fly to Punta Arenas.
Currently the wind is 10 knots with gusts to 30. We must have a wind of 15
knots with gusts to 20 to fly out, so it is a matter of hurry and wait at this
point. Needless to say we are playing a lot of cards and reading a lot.
Everyone is eager to get back to Punta Arenas but we are all in good spirits.
Mt. Vinson Base Camp
Happy New Years everyone! This
is Christine Boskoff and the Mountain Madness Vinson Expedition reporting from
Vinson Base Camp. We had a great New Years Eve celebration last night. It was
a lot of fun. Now we are waiting for our plane to take us back to Patriot
Hills. More from Punta Arenas later…
December 29, 2004. Mt. Vinson
This is Christine Boskoff
calling from Mt. Vinson Base Camp, here at 7000 feet. Yesterday on the 29th
the team descended from the High Camp. It was marginal conditions here.
Visibility was poor and we had very windy conditions, so we are all glad we
summitted when we did. We are happy to be back down at Base Camp. The whole
group is safe and in good spirits. Today we are having a rest day. More
This is Christine
Boskoff calling from the summit of Mt. Vinson. It is 10 o’clock at night and
the sun is high in the sky and we just summitted. We are proud to say that all
nine people in our expedition team made it. We are on our way down now and
will call in later.
Tuesday, December 22nd at
Hi this is
Christine Boskoff calling from Mt. Vinson Base Camp. We got the green light in
Punta Arenas on the 20th at 8:30 p.m. that we were going to fly to Patriot
Hills. We had 15 minutes to get ready before our bus picked us up for the
airport. We departed Punta Arenas at 10:40 p.m. and arrived at Patriot Hills
at 3:10 in the morning.
We departed Punta Arenas at
10:40 a.m. We landed in marginal weather with light snow. Due to bad weather
we stayed at Patriot Hills for the night. We woke to cloudy skies we so waited
until 5 p.m. to fly.
We established our camp and
then we had a great Mexican dinner and drinks. Joe and Will helped with
melting snow. Everyone is in great sprits and is eager to move to Camp 1 later
on today. We will call again this evening. Over and out!
Sunday, December 26 at 8:04
Hi everyone. This Christine
Boskoff calling from Camp 3 of Mt. Vinson.
Just reporting in to let you
know that yesterday on the 25th the group we took a rest day. A well deserved
rest day might I add. We just got to relax and enjoy the Antarctica.
Today we woke up as soon as
the sun hit the tent which was around 11:30. We packed our stuff and headed up
towards Camp 3. We climbed a 40 to 45 degree headwall with magnificent views;
we could see all the way to the Rohn Ice Shelf. We got here around 8 or 8:30
today. We established camp and had a great dinner and now we are all very
sleepy. It is quite cold here at Camp 3 tonight. The sun has gone behind the
mountain, so we are in the shade.
Tomorrow we are planning on
going to the summit. We are hoping it will warm up and we will have a nice
day. The Russians came down yesterday and said that they had a beautiful nice,
warm day and we are hoping for the same for tomorrow.
We will report again
Mountain Madness, Inc.
Madness expedition to Mount Vinson: Located at a
latitude of 78 degrees 35 minutes south and 85
degrees 25 minutes west longitude, Vinson is found
in the Ellsworth Mountains. The 16,077 foot summit
is the highest point on the continent of Antarctica.
For most that have the unique opportunity to join an
expedition like this, their definition of wilderness
will be redefined. Isolated and starkly beautiful,
the icy continent of Antarctica is beyond
description and offers an adventure of a lifetime
for team members.
Last steps to summit
photo by: Mark Gunlogson
leave Punta Arenas in Chile for the six-hour flight to Patriot Hills. Then the
flight takes them over Tierra del Fuego, past the Antarctic Circle and on to
Patriot Hills. From there they make a one-hour flight to basecamp. With sleds
loaded they move up the mountain, establishing two or three camps before the
summit attempt. From high camp the final climb consists of moderate snow and
technical terms the climb is considered moderate, but cold temperatures (minus
20-30 degrees Fahrenheit are not uncommon) and strong winds often increase the
challenge. However, during the austral summer there is usually less than
18 inches of snow and 24 hours of daylight
contributes to our success on the climb.
|Picture: moving to high camp
by: Mark Gunlogson
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