Photo by Philippe Gatta
|Range/Region:||West Antarctica Ranges|
|Difficulty:||Major Mountain Expedition|
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Dec|
|Year first climbed:||1966|
|First successful climber(s):||American Expedition sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, and the American Alpine Club|
|Convenient Center:||Two permanent research stations on Ross Island: McMurdo (United States), Scott (New Zealand)|
Vinson Massif is the highest mountain of Antarctica. It is a massive mountain, stretching thirteen miles long and eight miles wide. Its location, the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains, is home to most of Antarctica's highest peaks. Climbing Vinson is not considered technically difficult, but Antarctica's extreme climate makes ascending Vinson a serious undertaking.