BLACK DIAMOND SUPER CLUESDAY! Win free boots NOW!

| October 21, 2008 | 86 Comments
Our journey begins after you have been magically transported to the top of the peak identified (hopefully) in Clue #4…

Cheese & Rice it’s cold up here!  We need to get going.  Taking a waypoint with your GPS, you notice that it is 2:00pm and decide to follow the sun as it sets to hopefully gain a little warmth.  The descent is moderate and along the way you notice a few climbing wands, which gives you hope that at least your body may be found by future climbers if you freeze to death.

Completing the descent (wheesh!), you reach a broad valley and set your 14m NASA Wing kite in a stiff breeze.  The wind is to your back and blowing from the North/NW as you catch a downwind ride across the open terrain. Traveling at 20 miles per hour, you go for about six-and-a-half hours, skirting mountain ranges on your right.

As you near a small sub-range, you hit rock-hard blue ice, patch out and take a five-star digger.  Visions of football teams, Jefferson, Hamilton, Paine and lethal missiles dance like snowflakes through your rattled cranium as you stare at the nearby hills. Recouping, you check your GPS and see that you have come 134 miles since leaving the summit. Pondering your location, you notice what appears to be a tent city with some oil drums and Weather Haven shelters.  Figuring it is either haunted or a mirage, you blink your frozen eyes and continue on.

Six to nine miles later, you stop for a rest near what appears to be a random prong of snow.  Downing the kite and taking off your pack and skis, you feel the call of nature and walk a discrete distance to lighten your load.

The snow surface is flat and smooth as far as you can see, but as you drop your drawers, you suddenly punch through the surface and fall ten feet!  Much to your amazement, the landing is cushioned.  Shock, relief and dismay are suddenly all forgotten as your eyes adjust to the dim light, and then glancing to your right you see an apparition offering you… a BRAND NEW PAIR OF BLACK DIAMOND BOOTS! 

Oh. My. Heck. :)  The places you’ll go and the things you’ll ski with theses puppies boggles the mind!

With technical exactitude, within one meter, where are you?

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Entry Format:
Continent – (your answer)
Zone/Region – (your answer)
Mountain Range – (your answer)
Specific Peak – (your answer)
Specific Location – (your answer)

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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

Comments (86)

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  1. steve says:

    Continent – Antartica
    Zone/Region – Antartica Pensinula
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth
    Specific Peak – Vinson Massif
    Specific Location – Patriot Hills supply cave

  2. trees4me says:

    Continent – Antarctica
    Zone/Region – Brazilian Zone (or Brazilian Zone of Interest)
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Specific Peak – Mt Vinson
    Specific Location – ice cave in the Erebus Ice Tongue, near McMurdo,

  3. kilowati says:

    Clue #1 – Continent: Antarctica
    Clue #2 – Zone: Chile/UK/Argentina Claim
    Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Ellsworth Mountains
    Clue #4 – Mountain: Mt. Vinson
    Clue #5 – Exact location: Patriot Hills Mess Tent

  4. intercostal says:

    more detailed addition to my previous answer: in a storage tunnel near the blue ice runway at the ALE base at patriot hills

  5. Colin says:

    Antarctica
    Antarctic Peninsula
    Vinson
    Ellsworth Range
    Mt. Vinson
    Original South Pole Station

  6. thegnarwhale says:

    Continent – Antartica
    Zone/Region – Antarctic Peninsula
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Specific Peak – Vinson Massif/ Mt Vinson
    Specific Location – Old Pole Inflation Center

  7. Nord says:

    Continent – Antarctica
    Zone/Region – Antarctic Peninsula
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountain
    Specific Peak – Mt. Vinson
    Specific Location – Old South Pole Dome

  8. HJ says:

    Continent – Antarctica
    Zone/Region – Antarctic Peninsula
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Specific Peak – Vinson Massif (Mt. Vinson)
    Specific Location – the bathroom of the Douglas C-118 plane crash

  9. Eero says:

    Continent – Antarctica
    Zone – South Shetland Islands
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Mountain – Vinson Massif
    Exact Location – Scott Research Station The TAE/IGY Hut

  10. Dustin says:

    Continent – Antarctica
    Zone/Region – Antarctica
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Specific Peak – Mt. Vinson
    Specific Location – Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station Barracks

  11. BB says:

    1) Antarctica
    2) England, Argentina, Chili
    3) Ellsworth
    4) Mt. Vinson
    5) Scott Dead

  12. Matt says:

    1. Continent = Antarctica
    2. Zone = Antarctic Peninsula (Chile, UK, and Argentina disputed territory), includes a portion of Ellsworth Land
    3. Range = Ellsworth Mountains
    4. Mountain = Vinson Massif
    5. Specific Location = Original south pole station “Old Pole”, now buried. fall on a old raised canvas floor from an original tent

  13. askardal says:

    Continent – Antarctica
    Zone/Region – Antarctic Peninsula
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Specific Peak – Vinson Massif (Mt. Vinson)
    Specific Location – the pilot’s seat of the Douglas C-118 plane crash

  14. jb says:

    Continent: Antarctica

    Zone/Region: Chilean Antarctic Territory

    Mountain Range: Ellsworth Mountains

    Specific Peak: Vinson Massif

    Specific Location: Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station old mechanics garage

  15. Bryan says:

    Continent – Antarctica
    Zone/Region – Shouth Shetland Islands
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Specific Peak – Vinson Massif
    Specific Location – South Pole Snow Pit

  16. Dustin says:

    Continent – Antarctica
    Zone/Region – Antarctica
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Specific Peak – Mt. Vinson
    Specific Location – luggage area Douglas C-118 B plane crash

  17. Matthew says:

    Continent – Antarctica
    Zone/Region – Antarctic Peninsula
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Specific Peak – Vinson Massif (Mt. Vinson)
    Specific Location – the pilot’s seat of the Douglas C-118 plane crash

  18. Andrew says:

    HJ – I hope you’re a skier in need of new boots, ’cause you got a pair coming to you! (Pilot’s chair of the crashed transport plane).

    Nice job! How’d you figure that out?

  19. bert granberg says:

    Continent – Antartica
    Zone/Region – Antarctic Peninsula
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Specific Peak – Mt. Vinson (Massif)
    Specific Location – Antartic Ice Marathon Halfway Station

  20. Matt says:

    1. Continent = Antarctica
    2. Zone = Antarctic Peninsula (Chile, UK, and Argentina disputed territory), includes a portion of Ellsworth Land
    3. Range = Ellsworth Mountains
    4. Mountain = Vinson Massif
    5. Specific Location = co pilot’s chair of the Douglas C118 plane crash site

  21. Adam Shilman says:

    Continent – Antarctica
    Zone/Region – Antarctic Peninsula
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Specific Peak – Vinson Massif (Mt. Vinson)
    Specific Location – Old Pole Base

  22. Bryan says:

    Continent – Antarctica
    Zone/Region – Shouth Shetland Islands
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Specific Peak – Vinson Massif
    Specific Location – South Pole Snow Pit 89.9975 °S 139.2728 °E

  23. askardal says:

    ugghh, so close. congrats hj

  24. megan says:

    Continent – Antarctica
    Zone/Region – Lesser Antarctica
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Specific Peak – Mt. Vinson
    Specific Location – chair of the Douglas C-118 B plane crash

  25. HJ says:

    I’m actually not entirely sure…a hunch on a plane crash, quick Google search, etc.

  26. trees4me says:

    congrats hj!

  27. Brandon says:

    continent antactica
    zone chilean antarctic
    range ellsworth
    peak vinson
    location amundsen scot south pole station plane 917 cockpit

  28. Charlie says:

    Nicely done – even without submitting an answer, working through this one was even more fun than the last.

  29. rendog says:

    Continent – Antarctica
    Zone/Region – Western Antarctica-Lesser Anarctica
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Specific Peak – Mount Vinson
    Specific Location – bottom of the holy stairs-old south pole station

  30. Adam Shilman says:

    Nice job HJ!!

    This one was a tough one Andrew, thanks again…lots of fun!

  31. Andrew says:

    Very cool and nice sleuthing. Send me an email at amclean@xmission.com and we’ll figure out the details.

    Thanks everyone! Yet another fun Chuting Spree contest – I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and I’ll see about rounding up another prize soon.

    Happy turns,
    Andrew

  32. Jim says:

    Continent – Antarctica
    Zone/Region – Ellsworth Land
    Mountain Range – Ellsworth Mountains
    Specific Peak – Vinson Massif
    Specific Location – Ice Cave

  33. Andrew says:

    Details, photos and answers are now up on the StraightChuter.com home page.

  34. Chris says:

    Antarctica
    Ellsworth Mountains
    Sentinel Range
    Vinson Massif
    You’ve skied SE along the north half of the Ellsworth (the Sentinel) and the southern half (the Heritage) past Patriot Hills (the Weather Haven, and are continuing on to 3 Sails Peak. At 9 miles out from PA, you’re at 927 meters elevation.

  35. Chris says:

    Antarctica, Ellsworth Mountains, Sentinel Range, Vinson Massif
    Actually, your at 924 meters since you just fell 3m into a crevasse!

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