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Mt. Vinson – Day 5

Date: January 21, 2013 Category: Vinson

After several days on the move, we were all looking forward to a rest day. Unlike other mountains where rest days involve outdoor activities, snowball fights, or other distractions like that, we all remained in our sleeping bags for most … Continue reading

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Mt. Vinson – Day 4

Date: January 21, 2013 Category: Vinson

The high from VBC to Low Camp is a long, arduous, rolling slog uphill. In stark contrast, the route from Low Camp to High Camp is short – only 2.5km – but includes the steepest section of the entire climb: … Continue reading

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Mt. Vinson Expedition – Day 3

Date: January 21, 2013 Category: Vinson

It felt odd that we were actually at VBC less than 12 hours after we left South America. In any case, we weren’t going to question what was undoubtedly good luck from the weather gods. So, after a restful 10 … Continue reading

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Mt. Vinson Expedition – Day 2

Date: January 21, 2013 Category: Vinson

The Ilyushin circled a small, bright blue strip several thousand feet below. To the untrained eye, it might blend into the endless white expanse of the Antarctic continent. But that narrow rectangle was more than just a geographic anomaly – … Continue reading

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And We’re Off!

Date: December 5, 2012 Category: Vinson

Well, we got the call! At 6am today we were woken up and told to gather our stuff. We packed up, grabbed a quick bite to eat and hopped on the bus to the airport. That’s all for now! We’re … Continue reading

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Flying Standby

Date: December 4, 2012 Category: Vinson

This morning we met all of the other Vinson climbers who will be attempting the mountain at the same time as us with other expeditions. The entire group, 35 people to be exact, met for the ALE briefing this morning … Continue reading

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Headed Down South…Vinson or Bust!

Date: December 4, 2012 Category: Vinson

Well, it’s that time of year again: Expedition Number 6 kicked off today in Punta Arenas. This is my sixth Seven Summit climb, and hopefully will be my fifth successful summit. I am climbing Vinson Massif, the highest peak in … Continue reading

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Carstensz Pyramid in Pictures…

Date: September 22, 2012 Category: Carstensz
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So upon reflection I’ve decided that the most effective way to recap Carstensz Pyramid is to do a very picture-heavy blog post. This is what I’ve come up with. Hopefully you’ll get a good sense of what our adventure was … Continue reading

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Sugapa to Timika to Bali (a.k.a. Civilization!)

Date: September 22, 2012 Category: Carstensz

And we’re back in civilization!! We got up early (around 5am) to be at the airstrip in case our plane arrived early to Sugapa. Since we were all eager to get out of the jungle, no one complained. We actually … Continue reading

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Day 12: Camp II to Sugapa

Date: August 29, 2012 Category: Carstensz

True to form, the expedition ended on a difficult and stressful note. Ed and I, eager to drink a soda, hurried on with Poxy and made good progress towards Sugapa. We were attempting to make it through our initial first … Continue reading

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