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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audio transcript: “Hey there. This is Peter Whittaker checking in from Vinson Basecamp in Antarctica. Today is January 5. It’s about 4:30 p.m. here, and it’s a beautiful day. We arrived last night at about 10 p.m.