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Peter Whittaker Retraces the Ups and Downs of Mountain Guiding
Posted on December 26, 2012

it was no surprise that the Eddie Bauer First Ascent guide Peter Whittaker tracked upward toward 238 summits of Washington’s tallest, most glaciated peak. But the uphill was only part of the allure.

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 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.

First Ascent Team Rests, Readies for Skiing After Vinson Summit
Posted on January 13, 2011

Story and photos by Jake Norton After many days of going without much of a stop, we took a good rest day today. It started off wonderfully, with Caroline cooking up a good batch of bacon and powdered eggs—darn good down here in Antarctica.

First Ascent Team Returns to Vinson Basecamp
Posted on January 12, 2011

Story and photos by Jake Norton The great climber and author Greg Child once wrote: “Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the top is the answer to the question of why we climb.” Climbing, and the reason we do it, is an elusive thing.