USAF 7 Summits Team Reaches Top of Mt. Vinson!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Posted by: Wendy Bourland
Dec. 10, 2010 - Another mountain conquered by the U.S. Air Force!
Here's the latest report from Capt. Rob Marshall via Capt. Mark Uberuaga:
"Our team made an 8-hour push to summit Mt. Vinson at 1720 (5:30 pm) today, December 9th. Rob said the weather could not have been better. Temps were approximately -10F to -15F, and the wind was calm.
"Our team completed a variation of the regular route and climbed the Vinson headwall to a great ridge that took them to the top...at the summit, the team flew Old Glory, the USAF flag and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation banner.
"Rob wants to thank all of the donors who supported them on this epic journey. The legendary climbing guide Phil Ershler and Rob teamed up and cranked out 110 push-ups on the summit!
When I spoke to the guys, they were getting ready to rack out at Camp 2. They plan on getting a brief rest tonight, and then they are going to pack up and head down the fixed ropes to base camp. From there, they will catch the Twin Otter to Union Glacier and then fly off the ice.
Rob said he's ready for a hot shower. Graydon said today was awesome.
NOTE: Thank you to Capt. Uberuaga for providing the USAF 7 Summits updates. And congrats to the team for achieving its goal!