Today the team woke up to 1/2 inch of light snow at Lava Camp (elevation ~4600m). They hiked 90 minutes with warming temperatures through mist and light rain up to the Arrow Glacier Camp (elevation ~4900m). When we spoke with the team they had eaten an early dinner and were getting to bed early for an early morning start. Tomorrow the team will ascend about 1000m up the Western Breach and into the Crater where they will camp tomorrow night.
"Korbinian Kiesl, from Aaron Glacier camp reporting today on December 4th. We are on our way with the "Gorillas in the mist team." Yeah. We had quite a short walk today from the Lava Tower camp up to here the weather was not the best, never the less we are getting close and we had a good chance to see already the last task and we are quite positive to make it up the last 1000 meters. We will get up tomorrow morning quite early, so we had dinner a little bit earlier than usual. Greetings to all the families of the Gorillas in the mist team, and everybody's fine Nobody has so far any problems, and we are all on the on track especially Oliver he's on the Autobahn yeah. Our local team built Oliver a special Autobahn, and he will reveal that later alright. Everyone is good except team Gorillas in the mist was refused the "ropa" today, and they're not happy about it. Hopefully at the summit. Ciao for now."
The team moved up to Lava Camp today at an elevation of 4500 meters.
Today the team reports beautiful weather and incredible scenery on the Shira Plateau. After a good night's rest (no rain!) the team had breakfast and started the day with a dance and song from the porters (the team is supported by a team of 25 porters!) Afterwards they had a leisurely hike to see the Shira Cathedral before ending at Shira Camp 2. With clear skies the summit dome presented itself in all its vigor. They are at 3,600 meters. The plan tomorrow is to move up to Lava Towers with almost 2000 meters of elevation gain! Rest up team that's a huge increase on today's total.
Listen to today's update from Philip and make sure to check back again tomorrow for another update from the team.
The team reported in today that successfully reached the Shira Plateau where they will spend the night. Their elevation is 3600 M (11,100 ft). The day started out with a beautiful sun rise before the rain returned. Despite being wet everyone is in good spirits and the dining tent is filled with good conversation and laughter.
PolarExplorers guide Rick Sweitzer is again back in the field. This time he is guiding North Pole and South Pole alum Alex Rittweger along with Alex's friends Korbinian Kiesl, Oliver Berger and Philip Schroeder on an ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
A Night at the North Pole with PolarExplorers
In April 2016 PolarExplorers will forge into it's 23rd season of offering North Pole Flights to intrepid travelers from around the world. With the North Pole at the epi-center of international policy and scientific studies spending a night at the North Pole has never been more exciting. We caught up with PolarExplorers guide Eric Lillstrom to ask him 9 questions about overnighting at 90 degrees North.