− Mount Vinson (4892m) is the highest mountain on Antarctic, located in the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth mountains, 1200 km of the South Pole. Mount Vinson is one of the “7 summits”. Mount Vinson was first climbed in 1966 by climbers led by Nicholas Clinch.
− The Climb of Mount Vinson is not technical but it’s not very accessible. There are two main reasons for this problem: the complete remoteness and the high price of an Antarctic expedition. A trip to the Vinson Massif is extraordinary unique and prestigious. As a result, there are very few people who have succeed.
The adventure starts with a 4 hour flight of 32.000 km with a Russian Ilyushin 76 cargo plane. From the top of South-America to the camp in the Patriot Hills on the Union Glacier. Once on the glacier, the climbers step on to a Twin Otter to fly to base camp (2150m).
−The climate on Mount Vinson is generally controlled by the high pressure system of the polar ice cap, which creates mainly stable conditions, but as in any polar climate, strong winds and snowfall are a possibility. During the summer season, November to January, there is 24 hours of sunlight. While the average temperature during these months is between -30 and -5 ° C
Climbs usually take place between December and February As planned, the expedition goes on for about 2 weeks. The climbers will carry all their personal baggage themselves by means of a sled.
The climb itself is a series of long snow slopes up to 40% and requires no technical skills. A fixed rope will be installed at some points of the route. The participant must have the necessary knowledge and experience to be able to step on glaciers (use of crampons, piolet, rescue techniques at glacier crevices). –
The normal route starts from the west side of base camp (2150m) and follows the Branscomb Glacier with two intermediate altitude camps. Low camp located at 2900m and High Camp located at 3900m. After a day of rest to acclimatize, the final climb starts to the highest point on Antarctic (4892m).
As said before, no special technical skills are necessary, but basic knowledge of glacier tours and mountain climbs to degree of difficulty PD is necessary.
Of course you must be in good shape, taking into account day trips of 8 hr and a top climbing of about 12 hrs. You carry your personal material yourself with a backpack and a sled to the camps. The group material is distributed among the climbers.
Antarctic can be extremely cold even in summer (mild winter -35 °C), but as compensation we will have the sun for 24 hours. Overnight stays take place in tents of the organization. It is therefore very important to have the right material that offers protection against these weather elements.
You must arrive at least 3 days before the official start of the expedition in Punta Arenas. you must also provide extra days after the expedition for your return journey. As a result of very unstable weather on Antarctica, the out-flight can be postponed.
I'll will compleet the 7summitsChallenge on Mount Vinson in dec 2019 organized by 7 summitsclub.
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