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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.

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.

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.