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Vinson team resting at Camp 1 before move to high camp

Mark called in loung­ing in the com­fort of the sun- it’s been very warm (20+ degrees F), but says the minute the sun goes down the temps drop to as low as ‑20 F. They had nice con­di­tions going up to high camp to drop their loads, but it is expect­ed to get a bit windy over the next few days, so no sum­mit attempt yet. The plan is to move to high camp on Tues­day and see what hap­pens, but if the fore­cast proves cor­rect they will not make the sum­mit attempt until about Jan­u­ary 5th or 6th.

Mark called in today to report the team made a car­ry up to high camp. Today they are tired, but sat­is­fied with the effort yesterday.

Every­body is relax­ing, read­ing books, mak­ing snow­men (Romi made him­self a new friend), and stay­ing warm. They feast­ed on some piz­za today for din­ner and are now hang­ing out and try­ing to stay warm when the sun goes away.

Every­body says hi and Hap­py New Year! Mark want­ed to shout out a thanks to Helly Hansen for a big down jack­et to keep him warm and to Sec­ond Ascent in Seat­tle for help­ing him out with some good­ies to keep in busi­ness in this extreme cold environment.

What a great way to start the New Year! Nice work to the team get­ting the cache in to high camp. Stay tuned!

All pho­tos below from pre­vi­ous expeditions:

Approach­ing Camp 1, which lies at the base of the promi­nent snow ridge

Set­ting up camp 1

Camp 1

Camp 1

No sun makes for a cold camp!

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