Alan Arnette, raising funds for Alzheimer's research, successfully completed his first summit as part of The 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer's. Congratulations Alan! Here is a bit from his most recent dispatch:
The true summit is quite tiny, room for two people with quite a drop-off. But the large summit plateau allowed our entire team of ten to spread out for pictures, videos and push-ups. The view was spectacular. I will post my pictures and a panoramic video when I get home but let me say it was my best summit view ever. This was an emotional moment for me thinking of our goal, my supporters, and my family. I want to dedicate this 1st of the 7 summits to those with early onset Alzheimer's.
The return to High Camp was fast completing a long 12 hour climb followed a nice sleep. With a deteriorating weather forecast, we made a quick trip down from High Camp the next day to Vinson Base Camp - carrying all our tents and climbing gear - to catch the Twin Otter back to Union Glacier. From there the flight back to Punta - eventually. So, the schedule? We understand that the current poor weather pattern will continue for the next 48 hours meaning the earliest we could leave would be Monday, December 13. We are passing the time in somewhat heated 'storm port' shelter during the day and our tents at night - all relative since the sun never sets. As I reflect on the past few weeks, I am grateful to work for your support. Each step on summit day was accompanied by a mantra of "one penny, two penny, three pennies, more" All for research. Climb On! Alan Memories are Everything