Mount Vinson is the highest elevation in the Ellsworth Mountains in western Antarctica. The distance to the South Pole is about 1,200 km. The mountain was named after the American Carl Vinson, a patron of Antarctic researchers. The first ascent was made by an expedition of the American Alpine Club in 1966.
You can reach Mt. Vinson from the southern tip of South America: From Punta Arenas you fly to The Union Glacier station and from there on to base camp. Ascent time is the Antarctic summer from December to January.
The technical difficulties are comparable to those of Mont Blanc, but one challenge is the climatic conditions. Similar to McKinley, our good know-how in this field supports you here.
Since all the expedition equipment has to be transported on this mountain itself, an excellent physical condition is essential.
A one-time compensation for the high costs and the cold, however, are the fascinating impressions that you can take away from the ice-covered continent.