Holt Hancock from Livingston, Montana is the Black Diamond boot winner and is leaning towards a pair of the new Factor boots (just like the pair in Jon Krakauer’s lap in the photo below). Holt said:“I found the boots by doing about an hour and half of research on the Vinson Massif area last night. This morning I got a little panicky when I had no idea about the final clue, but a hunch about a plane crash (somewhat cemented by your near miss described in the current Sunday photo) led me to a productive Google search. Thanks, again!”
Nice job Holt! I hope you get many miles/smiles out of the boots.
BD Boot Contest Answers
The boots are located in the co-pilots seat of a crashed DC-6B which is located 6-9 miles away from the Patriot Hills camp in Antarctica.
“The DC-6B is N1597F of Allcair Air Transport which hit high ground on approach in bad weather to the ice runway at Patriot Hills on Nov. 26, 1993 while being seven miles of course. It was transporting the Norman Vaughn Expedition led by 88 year old Norman Vaughn to climb Mt. Vaughn; named in his honor. (He was the chief dog musher for Admiral Byrd in 1928.) One of eight people was injured severly; four dogs were also lost in the crash.”
Clue #4 – Specific Peak (Vinson Massif)
“Anselme Baud (France) and I made a ski descent of the south ice stream on the west face (45-55 degrees) of a sub-peak of Mt. Vinson on January 2.” Conrad Anker in the American Alpine Journal 1998
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