Take It To The Top: 'We have glimpsed the beast'

Here's the latest message, received today:

We have glimpsed the beast and cached some gear and food in its shadow. We'll return to base camp tonight then come back here tomorrow to lie in wait.

The red line on this Google Earth image shows the team's path to the base of Point 5318.

The red line on the above Google Earth image shows the path the Take It To The Top Expedition team took to the base of Point 5318.

Caching food and climbing gear along the route beforehand prevents the team from having to lug everything up the mountain at once. Dropping caches also helps the team acclimatize to the higher altitude of this mountain before starting their climb.

Milo Pierwola describes caching in his EXP Adventures "What is caching?" blog post:

With the sudden accumulation of snow, dunes forming and reforming constantly, whiteouts, wampas, and general disorientation, it is not so easy. First, if you have a good GPS device, you can mark the exact spot you're burying the cache. This will inevitably be off, so finding it will require a wand or avalanche probe and hopefully a couple friends. The process, if you have seen SpaceBalls, involves "combing" the snow by walking in a tight line with your friends an using the probes to poke down hoping that you will be able to tell the difference between soft snow and soft packed food and gear that is frozen solid.

Caching is one part of the team's ultra-light climbing style. The VICE Expedition information packet says "Unlike the majority of past expeditions, we will test our resourcefulness by going as light as possible: no amenities, support crews, or long-term basecamp ... we truly believe that less is more when it comes to seeking adventure in the mountains."

If you have Google Earth, or want to download it, you can check out their progress here!

Take It To The Top: Medical Manufacturing and Mountaineering

KMC Systems medical device contract manufacturing, design and support engineers Take It To The Top - of medical engineering and mountains! As Mechanical Engineer Austin Lines takes it to the top of an unsummited mountain, his fellow engineers take your medical device to the top of ISO 13485 and FDA medical equipment standards while saving you time and money through our KMC360® program. For more information, download our KMC360® Brochure.

Topics: KMC360, KMC Systems, medical device contract manufacturing, Take It To The Top, VICE Expedition