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Visual Soliloquy #507 Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections…

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew. –St. Francis de Sales

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Celebrating Vinson with Grade Fours at Bishop Abraham School

It’s always fun to be feted. When the two Grade Four classes at Bishop Abraham School invited me to a party on Friday, I gladly accepted. I’d paid a visit to the school during my training and preparations for Mount … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #410 If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart…

If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May … Continue reading

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An Offering of Mount Vinson Videos (and one of penguins because I couldn’t resist))

Here’s a video with some of the views seen when flying from Union Glacier to Mount Vinson Base Camp.  This was shot on the day I flew out of Vinson Base Camp by Steve Kroeger as he flew in. Here’s … Continue reading

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Vinson Vignette #5: Wasting Away in Vinsonville

In my last vignette, I mentioned building snow sculptures down near the privies at Vinson Base Camp. Since I mentioned them, I thought I would do a vignette on how human waste is dealt with both at Union Glacier and … Continue reading

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Vinson Vignette #4: Ice Axes and Inukshuks

This will likely end up my favourite image from the trip: My ice axe on the summit. I like a slight dash of red playing off the almost duo-chrome black and white. It reminds me of the awesome view from … Continue reading

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Vinson Vignette #3: Bookends and Rope Teams

When I arrived in Santiago three weeks ago, I popped up to the Great Gatsby to have some dinner while I waited for my connection to Punta Arenas. Tonight, as I passed the time to my Toronto connection, I did … Continue reading

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Vinson Vignette #2: Newfoundland Flag First Out of the Bag

This flag has been to the top of six continents with me. I purchased it on a whim when heading to Alaska for the climb that started all of this, Denali. I packed it away, carried it uphill for 26 … Continue reading

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Vinson Vignette #1: Lost for Words

OK…I’ve been trying to write this blog entry for 24 hours and I guess I just have to admit that I am lost for words. Or a starting point. I’m missing a place to jump off in trying to explain … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Team Returns to Punta Arenas

Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 19, 2011 Elevation: 121′ This is Dave Hahn calling from Antarctica our Vinson season ended today. About midday, around 11 AM, we flew from Vinson Basecamp back to Union Glacier. Today was a beautiful … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Clouds …

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are waiting to fly out of Mount Vinson base camp: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 17, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ The clouds and fog took over Vinson basecamp again today. There … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Snow sculpture contest at VBC

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are still waiting in Antarctica: Posted by: | December 16, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ Another day drifting in the Vinson Basecamp milk bottle, surrounded by whiteness. Except it was fun. The RMI … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Not so much happening

Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 16, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ The clouds around Vinson basecamp lifted some today, but didn’t go away. In particular they were stuck over the Nimitz Glacier and the approaches for an airplane trying to get … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Hanging out at base camp

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are in Antarctica: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 14, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ Not so much to report today besides a good brunch and a fine dinner. Thick fog and cloud … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Waiting for the airplane

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who have finished climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 13, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ The fog and low cloud came and went periodically at Vinson basecamp today. … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Team descends to base camp

Here is the latest update from TA’s team in Antarctica: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 12, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ This morning at high camp it was still sunny, but there was a persistent breeze which was on its way … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Team returns safely to high camp after summit

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson right now: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 11, 2011 Elevation: 12,400′ Conditions today can only be described as having been perfect for a … Continue reading

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Vinson summit audio clip

Reposted from the Rainier Mountaineering Blog (http://www.rmiguides.com/blog/) Many thanks to the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union for their financial assistance in getting TA to Antarctica to climb Mount Vinson.

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Vinson Massif: Summit!!!!!!!

Here is the latest update from TA’s team, they have summited! Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 11, 2011 Elevation: 16,067′ Hey, this is Dave Hahn calling in from the summit of Mount Vinson 16,067 feet above sea level. And … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Team rests at high camp and readies for summit bid

Here is the latest update from TA’s team, who weather permitting, will be on their summit bid today!: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 10, 2011 Elevation: 12,400′ A long and easy day at high camp, preparing for the summit. … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Move to high camp

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson right now: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 09, 2011 Elevation: 12,400′ Half past one in the morning and the sun is blazing away … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Team carries to high camp

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson right now: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 08, 2011 Elevation: 9,500′ It is a quarter after one in the morning in the Ellsworth … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Rest day for the team

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson right now: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 07, 2011 Elevation: 9,500′ Winds stayed mercifully calm throughout last night, but just as we got … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Team moves uphill

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson right now: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 06, 2011 Elevation: 9,500′ Another day of storm, as predicted and expected. But it seemed as … Continue reading

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Dave and team carry supplies amidst the storm

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson right now: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 05, 2011 The storm rages on. When we could catch a glimpse of the Vinson Massif … Continue reading

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Reviewing and sorting while waiting for weather

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson right now: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 04, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ It turned out to be a lucky thing we flew into Vinson … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Team arrives at base camp

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson right now: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 04, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ Dave Hahn called from Vinson Base Camp early this morning after the … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Departure for Antarctica

Here is the latest update about TA’s team Hello from Punta Arenas, We had the call this morning that we were on standby for our flight. Union Glacier was cloudy, but the report was that the weather was starting to … Continue reading

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Hurry Up and Wait

Leaving St. John’s in the dead of dark winter and arriving to Punta Arenas in late spring is quite a transition. The evening light fools all of us in staying up too late and the morning sunrise gets us up … Continue reading

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The safe ate my laptop

Hello from The End of the World (as they call it here) This will be a shorter than usual update as I’m finger typing it on my ipod. Why? Because the room safe is holding my laptop hostage. They are … Continue reading

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Travel bardo, lots of light and doing as the Chileans

Greetings from SCL, Santiago International Airport for all those who don’t memorize airport codes for fun. I introduced Bobble Head Ted the the wonderful suitcase sculpture here in the Santiago Airport…made from “left luggage” I imagine it’s what baggage handlers … Continue reading

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At the Airport (YYT)

It was supposed to be a vanilla dip but alas travel and adventure and climbing requires an ability to adapt to changing conditions so bring on the Boston Creme! At the airport, after a wonderful afternoon with the my sweetie, … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 1 Day and Counting: Merry Adventure Eve

Merry Adventure Eve. One Sleep. The countdown is over. I leave tomorrow at 5:00 pm to start flying towards Southern Chile. I fly from YYT to Toronto to Santiago to Puenta Arenas then pause for a few days and then … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 2 Days and Counting: All My Bags are Packed

The bags are packed! How did I ever get packed for expeditions in the past before the lovely and talented Marian was in my life? It’s so helpful to have her to bounce ideas off of and she keeps me … Continue reading

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Antartica Countdown 3 Days and Counting: More Layers

First off, congrats to the RMI Team One who summited today. I hope to be following in their footsteps in two weeks or so. They had terrific weather and made good time. Lots of layers of experiences today including practicing … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 4 Days and Counting: Layers upon Layers…

For today’s update, I thought I would take you through some of the specific gear items I’m taking to Antarctica along with some fun facts about them. In cold environments, layers are key. When it is super cold or we’re … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 5 Days and Counting: Thankful for a Snow Day

The snow came without wind this time so the house did not shimmy or shutter like it often does during a winter storm. Perhaps this one, the first one of the season, want to creep in unannounced. When I first … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 6 Days and Counting: Goldilocks Says I’m “Tire-d”

When your day starts with a view like this, even if you are dragging a 45 pound tire behind you, it’s going to be a good one. Natelle and I were out pre-sunrise on “The Hill” making sure I got … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 7 Days and Counting: A Tale of Two Piles

Short and sweet… Pile One: Wonderfully joyous piles of gorgeous Xander T-shirts awaiting sorting and delivery (23 T-shirts still need homes-email me for sizes and colours still available.) Pile Two: Wonderfully joyous piles of warm and useful Antarctic gear awaiting … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 8 Days and Counting: The Lunch Bunch

Let me begin by offering congratulations to three key folks in my life. First, a big wahoo goes out to Xander for scoring a goal in the top left corner from the point! Way seriously cool. Second, a big shout-out … Continue reading

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