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Dec 142010

Hi Everyone, just a quick update. We finally left Antarctica around midnight last night December 13th and arrived in Punta in the wee hours. We are currently enjoying chairs, s tables and cooked eggs at the hotel!

While we only waited a few days, it felt longer with the anticipation of getting on our way back home. But, I had mixed emotions as I left knowing what a special place Antarctica is and how fortunate I was to be a guest on the continent.

The winds kept blowing both at Union Glacier and Punta Arenas creating delay after delay but a window appeared that allowed our entire team to take the huge jet off the ice. It was amazing watching it land in Antarctica. The wind was blowing over 30 m.p.h. as we made the last few steps across the ice to board the plane. It actually blew so hard and the ice was so solid, you could simply stand firm and let it blow you along!

OK, time to get the next flight and back home to Colorado. I will write a complete trip report over the next week and post it along with my pictures and videos. It was wonderful a trip with Phil Ershler of IMG and all my teammates! Also thanks to the Alzheimer’s Immunotherapy Program of Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy and Pfizer Inc for their support and the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund for all their dedication to finding a cure.

Aconcagua is next in mid January!!

Climb On!


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  8 Responses to “Update from Punta Arenas after Vinson”


    Congratulations on a successful summit and descent, Alan! Can’t wait to read your full report. Take care and happy climbing!


    What an amazing adventure- I love reading about this!


    safe journey home, and looking forward to the full story!!

    Happy Holidays



    Well done Alan..looks like you had a great down…six to go…Climb on dude…. great cause !


    Congratulations Alan. Well done.

    Good luck on Aconcagua, and be safe.

    Bill Burke


    Congratulations on a job well done, Alan! Antarctica must just be so amazing.

    Safe travels back to CO and good luck on Aconcagua.


    Awesome Alan!! Congrats!! Thanks for taking us “armchair climbers” up the mountain with you. We look forward to being there for Aconcagua!! Happy Holidays!!!


    You look great and the scenery is fantasic! Nice job.