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January 18, 2010

Madness Team Summits Vinson!

We just got an exciting phone call from Willie Benegas, the Mountain Madness guide on Vinson-Massif. At noon Pacific Standard Time on January 18, 2010, all four members of the all-star team reached the summit of Vinson


January 18, 2010

Vinson Massif Summit Push!

We got an exciting phone call this weekend!  Willie called from Camp 2 on Vinson Massif.  Here's what he said:

"We arrived today, and are planning to make our summit push tomorrow.  Everyone is doing very well.  The weather is good, no wind, and very clear as well.  Wish us luck tomorrow!  We'll call in again soon."


January 16, 2010

Skiing from Camp 2 on Vinson

Willie called in from Vinson to report the group has made the carry of gas and food up to near Camp 2 on fixed lines. Johnny had a blast skiing down the "headwall" while the rest of the group descended back to camp for the night. The weather remains good and warm by Antarctic standards. The group is ready to move to Camp 2 tommorrow.


January 15, 2010

Team settled in at Camp 1 on Vinson

Hello, this is Willie Benegas calling from Vinson Camp 1. All of the team arrived around 7:45 pm and are excited to be here. It is midnight now and sunny. There is great weather right now. We are inside the tent relaxing after a good meal. [+] READ MORE

January 13, 2010

Vinson Dispatch: Preparations for Move to Camp 1!

We just got a call from guide Willie Benegas, reporting on the expedition in Antarctica!  Our Vinson-Massif team is doing very well.

They arrived at base camp last night.  This morning, Willie reported, there were winds gusting to 25 kilometers/hour, but the temperatures were mild, so the group went on a day hike to get their bearings.  When we spoke to Willie tonight, the group was preparing for tomorrow’s move to Camp 1.