We are excited to share that the South Pole / Vinson combo team reached the summit of Vinson today around 3:30 PM local time. Wohoo! Everyone was thrilled to be standing on the roof of Antarctica.
There was no wind and the temperature was warm enough that people could remove their gloves to take pictures, shake hands, give high fives and heartfelt hugs.
The view from the summit was of cloud filled valleys with mountain peaks rising from the mist. As they traveled the clouds made beautiful scenes morphing from one shape to another, and because of the calm conditions they were able to get some great photos.
They spent around 45 minutes enjoying the summit before making their descent. The descent took less than half the time of the ascent. You can imagine the feeling of satisfaction. No more uphill climbing, mission accomplished, a warm sleeping bag and good food ahead.
When we talked with them they had just wrapped up dinner of ravioli and salmon. Spirits were high and enthusiasm was in the air. Some people had already headed to bed and no doubt everyone was looking forward to getting some shut eye. Their plan tomorrow is to descend all the way to Vinson Base camp where they will await their flight back to Union Glacier.
Our hearty congratulations go out to the team. Well done everyone!
The view from the summit!
Michael Creasy on the summit.