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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.

Peter Whittaker and Jake Norton Describe Vinson Summit and Descent
Posted on January 11, 2011

Story and photos by Jake Norton Did I say Antarctica wasn’t cold? Well, I was just kidding. Antarctica, especially high up with a stiff wind, is really, really, really cold! Our summit day started reasonably enough, with a bright sun high in the sky and reasonable temperatures for walking.

First Ascent Team Reaches Summit of Vinson Massif, Highest Peak on Antarctica
Posted on January 10, 2011

On New Year’s Day,  First Ascent guides Peter Whittaker, Ed Viesturs, Seth Waterfall, Caroline George, Jake Norton, cinematographer Kent Harvey and their clients departed for Antarctica for a 45th anniversary climb to commemorate the 1966 first ascent of Vinson Massif, which was outfitted by Eddie Bauer.

Peter Whittaker Calls In Before Vinson Summit Attempt
Posted on January 10, 2011

Audio transcript: “Hey everyone, Peter here, checking in. It is the 9th of January, and it’s about 9:30 p.m. We are up at High Camp. We moved up the fixed lines today and got up here in good style.

First Ascent Team Prepares For Final Approach to Vinson Summit
Posted on January 10, 2011

Story and photos by Jake Norton It never seems like much until you have it on your back. I thought I had pared down my kit pretty well, bringing only what was essential to fill my belly, keep me warm, allow me to take pictures, edit them, and transmit them back home.

First Ascent Team Rests, Routes 1966 Vinson Expedition
Posted on January 9, 2011

By Jake Norton Rest days are always nice. This morning we awoke leisurely, mainly because here at Low Camp we’re in the shade from 3 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. while the sun is behind Vinson.

Peter Whittaker Calls in From Camp 1 on the Branscomb Glacier, Antarctica
Posted on January 6, 2011

Audio transcript: “Hey everyone, Peter Whittaker here with the First Ascent and RMI team in Antarctica checking in. We had a great day today. We actually moved from basecamp up to Camp 1 on the Branscomb Glacier.