2010 Mount Vinson Cybercast

Team II: 1/1/2010
Hello there friends family and loved ones, this is the Bleay Anchors calling in from Camp I, we are having a great day and great luck. The storm abated and the sun came up, and we were able to move in very good form. Took us just a little under 4 hours to move from first camp to our second camp, we got it set up really nice, the guys are camping in style. Good cook tent, we just had a meal of salmon and macaroni and cheese, everybody balked at the second round, but they really ate their first round quite well. People are doing well. The team has been very magnanimous in accepting some of my teaching 'styles' and right now we are doing the 'rope rodeo' which is practicing our ascending and descending techniques ultimately for going up the fixed lines above us.

So right now we are at Camping right now at about 10,000 feet on the Upper Branscomb Glacier, and we are looking up the wall of Vinson Massif. There is sunshine, some clouds, but actually out here in bare hands, which is great because this morning it was about 8 degrees below Fahrenheit. So stay tuned for the further adventures of the Belay Anchors, ciao for now.

Team II: 12/31/2009
Hello there friends family and loved ones, this is the Bleay Anchors calling in from...Half Camp! We moved up about 1500 feet, we are at approximately 9,000 feet above sea level now and we did it in quite inclement conditions, the team pulled their stuff together, folded up shop and broke out in some windy snowy whiteout conditions and it was tough. Everybody is a little tired and we are really happy to be sitting here cooking dinner, eating soup and crackers and thinking about New Year's Eve back in the states and in Australia as well. So yeah Happy New Year's Australia, we know you have been there first, but we are looking forward to chiming in the new year here in a few hours. So stay tuned and see you in 2010.

Team II: 12/30/2009
Hey there friends family and loved ones, this is team "Belay Anchors"! Ans guess where we are reporting from - yesm that's right - from high on the flanks of Mount Vinson! The highest mountain in Antarctica. We were so lucky today we squeezed in just enough good weather to fly from Union Glacier about an hour north, about 120 kilometers back to the north, and landed near the Ellsworth Range in really good lighting conditions, we had a great pilot, put us right in at base camp and we spent the day organizing, setting up camp, eating, and now we are working on rigging, because we are getting pretty excited about moving up the mountain tomorrow. So please stay tuned for the further adventures of Belay Anchors!

eam II: 12/29/2009
Hello there friends, family and loved ones this is the Vinson Expedition calling in from lovely Union Glacier, Antarctica. Yes our patience paid off and we actually flew right on schedule, we squeezed in a little weather window and the whole team ended up here on the ice at latitude 80 South and 80 West longitude and we are very happy to say that we are getting ready to start the trip. We flew in and had a great meal and now we have set up all of our tents in case we a get a big blow and we are working on our knots and drinking hot coco and wish you could be here. So stay tuned to the further adventures of Mt. Vinson climbing team, so to be named.

Team II: 12/29/2009
Hey there friends family and loved ones,

The team enjoyed the briefing with ALE, our flight service. Learning about how harsh yet fragile Antarctica is gives us even more respect for this facinating cold place that we will have to not only survive in but excel if we are to achieve our mission. After the talk we reviewed our gear and discussed techniques on how best to deal with our upcoming challenge. We are really phyched to get airborne and on our way....We can taste it!
 
To The Summit,
Vern Tejas

Team II: 12/28/2009
Hello friends, family and loved ones,

Vern Tejas here reporting in from the tip of South America. Punta Areanas, Chile is our jumping off point for Alpine Ascents second expedition to Mount Vinson, the highest mountain in Antarctica. All team members and equipment arrived safely today. It looks to be a fine crew. Chris hails from Oz, Wayne from DC and Tom and Mo are from my newly adopted home of NYC. We have been getting to know one another as well as going through our gear to make sure we have what it´ll take to climb to the top of the white continent. The team enjoyed a fine meal as we told our stories and warmed up to our new climbing partners. All of us are looking forward to meeting with our flight service ALE tomorrow and getting our bird loaded and ready for the adventure. Join in and share it with us.

To The Summit,
Vern


12/12/2009
Friends family and loved ones,

World Wide Wonders are now on the way home. It is an amzing thing that so many factors aligned just right for this team. We have had fantastic weather, good acclimatization scheduling, fantastic air support, strong team members and great additudes, which has all contributed to this expedition not only being the most efficient but also one of the most enjoyable. Truly remarkable to spend only a week on the "Ice" yet obtain all our objectives, suntans, summit and comeradery extrodinare. We were in basecamp for a mere 17 hours before the Twin Otter buzzed in to fly us back to Union Glacier where our big Ilyushin jet soon arrived to carry us to Chile. It was an allnighter but we were so elated that most of us didn't want to even think of sleeping. Now our Taiwanese contingent is off to explore Torres del Paine national park while the rest of us are dozing on jets as we head home to enjoy extended holidays with the ones we love. Thank you for following our adventure to white continent, See you next expedition.

To The Summit,

Vern Tejas

12/10/2009
Hello there friends, family and loved ones this is the World Wide Wonders checking in from Mt. Vinson base camp. Yes we descended from high camp about 4,198 meters above sea level to about 2,450 meters here above sea level at base camp so it was a bit of a drop today. It feels good to be back down with the oxygen and the relatively warm temperatures of only 15 below so it has been a good descent. People are looking forward to sleeping with oxygen and many of them calling home when they can. A little celebration here with a great chicken, polenta, veggie dinner, it was good if I do say so myself and I do. So now we are praying for some clear skies and hopefully some weather where we can get back to Union Glacier, so thank you very much for checking in on us and know that we are thinking of you, night, night.

12/10/2009
Hey there friends, family and loved ones this is the World Wide Wonders back safe at our high camp. We had an unmemorable descent, it was hot and long but everyone is tired and elated with our success on summitting Mt. Vinson, the highest mountain in Antarctica. All members made it and two guides so we consider our success something that we would like to share with you so thanks for stopping back in to check us out. We are now going to look at our descent so please follow us as we continue our efforts to get back home. Ciao, ciao for now.

12/9/2009
Hey there friends, family and loved ones, this is the World Wide Wonders reporting in from the top of Antarctica. It is a spectacular day, there is hardly a breath of wind in the air and we can see from over there to all the way over there to the other side of the horizon. It is beautiful and the mountains are sticking up out of the clouds, a huge sea of clouds underneath us but we can see the fourth and the fifth and the second highest all sticking their heads up above the clouds. Everybody is excited to be here, feeling happy and elated, thinking of friends and family and loved ones and taking some photographs and patting each other on the back and congratulating. I wish that you could be here it so beautiful.

12/8/2009
Hey there friends, family and loved ones, World Wide Wonders checking in from high camp, we are about 13,500 ft about sea level, that 4,185 meters for the international folks out there. Everybody is very tired from the push up however everyone is in excellent spirits. We just had dinner and we are tucking everybody in, the sun is shining, a light breeze and 32 degrees below zero Celsius still. We are having a good time, we are all pretty keyed up at taking a look at tomorrow morning and seeing if its doable so we will keep you abreast of the situation as it unwinds, ciao for now form Mt. Vinson.

12/7/2009
Hi there, hello there friends, family and loved ones this is the World Wide Wonders doing what we do best, climbing mountains. Today was a big day, 9 hours on the trail. We got up early, had a nice breakfast of cold cereal and put them on the trail nice and early. We have been out for 9 hours today; we got our stuff moved however up to high on the mountain. We moved food, fuel and camping supplies up to over 12,000 feet, high camp. So we are in pretty good position now, all we have to do is refuel so we are all in the cook tent right now jamming in dinner. We have got some chicken noodle soup and some monster steaks coming out and lots of good stuff, some vegetables on the way just to show (…transmission break…) what do you say guys, how are you feeling, the team is going to be home for Christmas so take that as an advisement and either be there or be somewhere else. Wishing you the best from high on the flanks of Mt. Vinson, World Wide Wonders – over and out.

12/6/2009
Hello there friends, family and loved ones, World Wide Wonders checking in from camp II at 3115 meters above sea level, eighteen degrees below and good night basically. Life is good we are just finishing off dinner. We have had a great practice today for the fixed lines coming up tomorrow; people have now done it with the gloves on and their big thick gloves on and most of them have done it through their mittens we are going to keep practicing so that we can move efficiently tomorrow. Everybody seems to be feeling very good, appetites are up there and Tim is cooking up a storm and we just want to say hello to you guys, we love you.

12/6/2009
Hello there friends, family and loved ones this is Team World Wide Wonders reporting in high on the side of Mt. Vinson. Today we moved up, it was a long hard day pulling big sleds up the hill but fortunately the weather was on our side; no wind, no snow just fog. Lots of fog, didnt know where we were going until we got to camp I. The team was very happy to be here because after that long fog Tim pulled out some hamburgers and cooked them for us and everybody ate them with relish well we didnt actually find the relish but we ate them with gusto well we didnt find the gusto either however it was very, very tasty. With that we all climbed into our beds at one oclock in the morning and so we went to sleep. So join us for the further adventures of World Wide Wonders.

12/4/2009
Hello there friends, family and loved ones reporting in not only from Antarctica but also from the base, yes the base of Mt. Vinson. We arrived at Vinson base camp after a short flight in the twin otters from Union Glacier. Everybodys spirits were lifted as the plane took off and we got to see the great mountains of the Ellsworth Range as flew backwards and north about 100 miles to find the highest mountains on the continent; (…transmission garbled…) and Mt. Vinson rearing its ugly head high above the horizon. Are paced quickened as we unloaded the plane and thought of nothing but how can we set up our camp quick enough so that we can get some sleep that we missed last night. Before we could do that, Tim, our fearless chef whipped up a passel of hot pea noodle soup that had never been tasted before on Antarctica and some great tasting steaks and everybody went to bed happy and healthy. So say hello to mom, people are in good spirits, ciao for now from high on the flanks of Mt. Vinson.

12/4/2009

Hello there friends, family and loved ones this is the World Wide Wonders calling in from Antarctica. We waited around most of the day, fingers crossed for good weather and low and behold in the evening we got the call and we were ready. We jumped on the plan and flew all night long, landing here at about 2:30-3:00 in the morning and it is beautiful, the stark remoteness of this place would have you drooling. (…transmission garbled…) sun up of course even at two in the morning and we were able to pitch our tents, after a good hearty meal of stew we hit the sack. We are looking forward to a brand new day on the white continent so come along and join us and you too can go to the top of the bottom of the world.

12/3/2009

Hello friends, family and loved ones,

The team awoke from jet lagged repose to a brilliant day on the tip of South America. I spent the night packing food supplies for our effort on Vinson. We met with our flight service early to discuss logistics of our planned excursion to the land of ice and snow. They have chartered an old Soviet cargo jet to fly us to the "Ice". This afternoon we weighed our equipment and supplies and had them loaded onto the plane, a huge Ilyushin 76. We will fly when the weather conditions permit and presently conditions are near flyable so we are eager. Enjoy the excitement with us as you track our progress.

To The Summit,
Vern Tejas

I hope we can fly soon

12/1/2009
Hello friends, family and loved ones,

We are excited to be kicking off a new season in Antarctica with a terrific Mount Vinson team. All team members have now arrived in Chile's most Southern city, Punta Arenas. It's a real international crew consisting of John Burns, Wang Chien-Min, Jeff Church, Chen Ko-Ming, Dusan Repak and John Carney with Tim Hewitt and myself guiding. The boys seem fit and a raring to go. We just looked over their gear and a now heading out on the street to find a suitable eatery to welcome everyone to the fair city and to get to know each other. J. Burns arriving early has already made it out to the penguin rookery so hopes run high that he will share his photos with us. And we hope that you will join us often as we share the adventure of climbing the highest mountain on the white continent, Mount Vinson.

To The Summit,
Vern Tejas

 

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