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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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January 9, 2010

Vinson Expedition almost underway!

The goal- Vinson summit! Photo from previous expedition. Christine Boskoff photo. For more info about the continent and the climb click here and read the report by Mark Gunlogson that describes this amazing trip and our first expedition to the mountain ten years ago.

Our 2010 Vinson Expedition, led by Willie Benegas, will soon be flying to the continent shortly. For now, here's the first dispatch from Suzanne:

All group members made it to Punta. Check.
Gear made it to Punta as Enrique lost a bag. Check.
Gear Check. Check.

We are all in high spirits and as a group feel comfortable together. Impressing how each one of us is enriching others with their stories, background and experiences already. I am particularly inspired by the ¨kid¨ John who is a breath of fresh air to what our youth should aspire to be and accomplish ... what a role model he can be! Shawn´s commitment to the dream mountain foundation and all the good he is hoping to achieve is humbling. Enrique is very comfortable with the whole expedition, very relaxed and it is soothing to see that.

Willie, great to meet one of the ultra athletes of the outdoor world. Full of energy, organized and to listen to him is both entertaining and inspiring, that is if you don't allow yourself to be intimidated by his unbelievable strength and endurance. I love the team and looking forward for our Vinson climb.

We may be flying tonight and shortly we are going for ALE for the official briefing. All bags are packed and we are on stand by.

Love you and miss you all.