We flew from Los Angeles to Dallas to Santiago, Chile, and finally to Punta arenas
We landed in Punta Arenas . ALE told us that we would be riding on a enormous Russian plane known as Ilyushin IL-76.
Soon we will be on the coldest place on earth!
We had landed at Ellsworth Mountains, at Vinson Base Camp. We were preparing to began our climb, and my altimeter said it was colder than it had bee on Everest. ALE had supplied us some luxury service.
If you told me I was on another planet, i'd probably believe you.
We had arrived at the High Camp at 12,385 ft. Hot tea and lunch waited for us at camp. We were using Hypoxic tents. The next day we headed up the mountain, even though not many other teams would.
The summit here is not even as high as the Everest Base Camp.
Finally my dream had came true. After Years of hard work, I'd finally achieved my goal. I called my mom to tell her the good news! We all were very emotional.
"Merry Christmas, Mom. Im standing at the summit of Mount Vinson, outlooking the world."
We had headed off the mountain at Punta Arenas, and I knew that Vinson would be something i'd never forget.
I felt a gnat next to Antartica, and reminded me again how small I was in the universe.