Antarctica is the most remote, coldest, with the lowest precipitation, windiest and least developed - in short, the most extreme continent of earth. The Antarctic continent covers a surface area of about 14 million square kilometres, which is approximately a tenth of the entire land mass of earth. 98% of the surface of the Antarctica is hidden underneath a sheet of ice that has an average thickness of 2,000 m. Mount Vinson, with its 4,892 m, is the highest mountain of the Antarctica and thus it is one of the Seven Summits. Mount Vinson is located in the Sentinel Range, a mountain range in the west of Antarctica. The mountain range has a north west to south east orientation, it is about 185 km long, 50 km wide, it is surrounded by massive glaciers and it contains the five highest mountains of the Antarctica. The Mount Vinson was only discovered in 1957 during a flight of the US-Air Force over the Sentinel Range. The first ascent followed nine years later on 17 December 1966 and this makes the Mount Vinson the last of the Seven Summits to be ascended. The difficulties of the ascent are not primarily due to technical difficulties, but they are mainly due to the very remote location (it is only 1,200 km away from the South Pole) combined with the sometimes extreme cold and possible storms. The starting point of „all“ expeditions to the Mount Vinson is the approx. 80 km far away Union Glacier Base Camp. The camp is established every year for the duration of the short, 4 months long, Antarctica Season. The camp is located approximately 3,030 km far away from the South American continent and it is located at the foot of the Siefker Ridge, a rutted, eleven kilometres long mountain ridge.