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Dec 022010
 
Working up Vinson

Hello from Low Camp on Mt. Vinson. We have been pretty busy since we landed last Saturday at Union Glacier.

With almost ideal weather for Antarctica, we have been in constant motion with carries to camps followed by a move the next day.

Since the su…

Dec 022010
 

This is the latest audio dispatch live from Antarctica's Mt. Vinson; the first of his 7 Summits climbs. These climbs are to raise Alzheimer's awareness and $1M for research. Please donate today to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund at http://www.curealzfund.org/ where 100% of your donation goes to Alzheimer's research. Climb On! Alan Memories are Everything

Nov 292010
 
Progress in Antarctica

We just returned from a carry from Vinson Base Camp to Low Camp. This involves carrying about half our entire gear split between sleds and packs.

It was a long 9 hour day but very rewarding. We covered about 6 miles gaining 2300′ on the hard packed ic…

Nov 282010
 
On The Antarctica Ice

In spite of fears and rumors of delays, we left Punta Arenas about on time late Saturday afternoon.

The four flight on the huge Russian jet was comfortable albeit noisy but earplugs helped.

We landed around midnight on the 3 mile blueice runway-an am…

Nov 282010
 

This is the latest audio dispatch live from Antarctica's Mt. Vinson; the first of his 7 Summits climbs. These climbs are to raise Alzheimer's awareness and $1M for research. Please donate today to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund at http://www.curealzfund.org/ where 100% of your donation goes to Alzheimer's research. Climb On! Alan Memories are Everything

Nov 272010
 
The Flight to Antartica is a Go!!

After a few hours of waiting, case we were just told to get dressed in our full -15F clothes and meet in the hotel lobby in 1 hour. Our packs were loaded yesterday on the big Ill so all we have are small day packs with another couple of layers, a small book and sunglasses. It is a four hour flight so assuming (a big if) we leave around 5PM  local time we should arrive at Union Glacier around 9PM local time, still full sunlight since the sun never sets this time of year. The camp is about 5 miles continue reading

Nov 262010
 
The Rules of Antarctica

Great news – it looks like we will be flying out late Saturday afternoon November 27 to Union Glacier! The big Ill, store as the ilyushin 76 jet is often called, click made trip yesterday and today and the weather looks good for tomorrow, But, as always, this is subject to change. So with this as the base plan, today was a day of hectic last minute rushed activities. It started with a briefing at Antarctica Logistics and Expeditions (ALE), more in a moment, then packing our expedition packs to be loaded on the Ill later tonight and the rest continue reading

Nov 252010
 
In Punta Arenas, next stop Antartica!

After exactly 30 hours of travel, try I am now in Punta Arenas Chile. It felt like we flew down the coast of South America forever, and it was – over 12 hours of flight time. That is one long continent! All in all an uneventful trip, exactly the way to start this first of many such travels over the next year. I started in Denver by successfully avoiding forming any long term relationships with the screeners, then navigated LAX and onto my LAN Chile flight. First stop was in Lima Peru then to Santiago Chile. After a plane change, continue reading

Nov 232010
 
Mt. Vinson Climb Now Underway

After several years of preparation, The 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s: Memories are Everything is officially underway. After an incredible launch on November 9th where we potentially reached over 20 million people; it is time to climb. The first climb is on Antarctica’s highest, the Vinson Massif at 16,067′ or 4897 meters. This will be followed by the highest peak outside the Himalaya, Aconcagua, in January 2010 then Everest and the rest. This is a brief video with my thoughts as I finish packing today. The Antarctica weather has been tough already for 2010 with climbers, skiers and South Pole continue reading

Nov 162010
 
Mt Vinson Gear

As I get closer to leaving for Antarctica, it is time to layout all my gear and check, double check and check again. Overall, I will take almost the same items I used on Everest or other 8000m climbs even though Vinson is “only” about 5000m or 16,067′. It’s the Wind, Mr. Scott While temps can hit -40F, it is the wind that creates the extreme danger. Katabatic winds are the culprit. These winds come down from the high mountains sometimes at hurricane force bringing all activity to a halt, including flights in and out. Of note is the first continue reading