Friday, December 18, 2009

We Made it to Vinson Base Camp

Click on the play button below to hear the latest report from Paul & Denise via satellite phone:



The trusty Twin Otter, our transportation to and from Vinson Base Camp:


Here we are with our guide Scott Woolums, and a nice view of the Vinson Massif directly behind us:Carving up a slope above Vinson Base (it doesn't even have a name since so few people ski it!) Where's Warren Miller and his film crew?




Above is the location of Vinson Base Camp (notice the group of tents at center left). Elevation at Base Camp is 6,900 feet, although the earth's atmosphere is much thinner at the poles making the physiological effect on our bodies feel more like 10,000 feet. We will acclimatize here and eventually follow the trail heading to the right, up the Branscomb Glacier towards Camp 1.

And here's a view of Vinson Base Camp when the weather isn't as nice...


Here´s a video of the Twin Otter touching down for a landing on the snow:

video

2 comments:

Sharon said...

We loved listening to your phone message--it was crystal clear! The scenery is spectacular. It is so breathtaking that it makes it easier to understand why you chose this incredible journey!!! Keep warm, keep safe and have the time of your life! --Mom and Judy

Eliane said...

The only thing I can say is WOW!!!