#6 January 9, 2002. Patriot Hills, Antarctica.
is Neil McCarthy calling from Patriot Hills.
It's a beautiful day here today, but conditions are
still poor at Mt. Vinson. So we're unable to
fly to the mountain. A few climbers form
another group attempted to reach the mountain today
in what is fondly called the "Polar
Pumpkin", a bright orange single engine Cessna
airplane that ahs been here for about twelve years.
It has to land short of the mountain but hopes to
reach Base Camp tomorrow, at which point we will
follow. Until then we enjoy the hospitality of
the staff at Patriot hills, three wonderfully
prepared meals a day complete with wine and beer at
dinner, and a dining tent warmed to about 70 degrees
F, by the stoves and the radiation of the sun.
Great music and marvelous conversation, getting to
know the folks on other adventures here in
Antarctica. Until tomorrow, thanks.