Vinson Massif

Photo of Vinson Massif

Photo by Martin Pazzani, uploaded by mpazzani

Details

Elevation (feet): 16066
Elevation (meters): 4897
Continent: Antarctica
Country: Antarctica
Range/Region: West Antarctica Ranges
Range/Region: Ellsworth Mountains
Latitude: -78.5833
Longitude: -85.4167
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)

Description

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.

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