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Jake Norton and Seth Waterfall Share First Ascent of Unnamed Peak in Antarctica
Posted on January 20, 2011

By Seth Waterfall; photos by Jake Norton All is well with the team. We had a great day of activity outside of camp.  After breakfast this morning we headed out in a “track van”—a 4×4 Ford Econoline van that is fitted with snow tracks instead of regular wheels.

Caroline George Makes First Ascent of Midnight Ridge, Antarctica
Posted on January 19, 2011

Story by Caroline George; photos by Jake Norton This time of year in Antarctica, the sun never sets. The warmest part of the day is actually during the evening when the sun gets a little lower in the sky, hitting you straight on.

First Ascent Team Avoids Storm, Returns to Union Glacier
Posted on January 18, 2011

Story and photos by Jake Norton With a bright sun and bright hopes, we packed eagerly this morning at Vinson Basecamp. Only a few wispy clouds were visible, and we were all excited to be dropped by Twin Otter in a new place to make the first tracks on an unknown peak.

First Ascent Team Waits Out Weather in Antarctica
Posted on January 16, 2011

Story and photos by Jake Norton We really shouldn’t complain, as it could be much worse. Some people have been waiting 11 days already at Union Glacier to fly back to Punta.

First Ascent Team Skis More of Antarctica, Preps for First Descents
Posted on January 15, 2011

Story and photos by Jake Norton We had another stellar day today in the peaks off the Branscomb Glacier a couple of miles from Vinson Basecamp. There seem to be endless ski opportunities in this area—not surprising since we’re on a continent almost entirely covered in snow and ice.

First Ascent Team Makes First Turns on Branscomb Glacier, Antarctica
Posted on January 14, 2011

Story and photos by Jake Norton Skiing in Antarctica is not something I ever really thought I would do. I’m not sure anyone on our team thought they would get the opportunity for that matter.

FA Guide Chad Peele Talks Ice Climbing, Clinics at Ouray Ice Festival
Posted on January 14, 2011

By Chad Peele January is one of my favorite months, especially as an avid ice climber living in southwest Colorado. The sun is out, the snow is falling and the ice has formed some spectacular, “glassy” climbs.