Vinson is by far the most remote and the most exclusive of the 7 summits, it was also the last of the seven to be conquered.  Only 600 miles from the South Pole, essentially the bottom of the world, Mount Vinson was first summited in 1966 by an expedition of climbers led by American, Nicholas Clinch.

Being the most difficult of the 7 summits to access, Vinson sees the fewest visitors and remains one of the more pristine and majestic peaks in the world.  It’s a modern day explorer’s dream.  Being located in Antarctica, it is the coldest of the 7 summits with mean inland temperatures that can range as low as -40 F to -94 F (-40 C to -70 C) in the winter and in the warmest month of summer reaching 5 F to -31 F (-15 C to -35 C).  On July 21, 1983, the Soviet station, Vostok, reported a record breaking 128.6 F below freezing.  Antarctica is the only continent in the world with no permanent inhabitants.  The time period for climbing Vinson is between December and February during the Antarctic summer due to its warmer climates (still some of the coldest in the world) and a sun that never sets as it’s out 24 hours a day during those months.

Vinson, Antarctica – 16,067’ (4897m

Vinson, Antarctica – 16,067’ (4897m

Antarctica sounds like the dream of every true adventurer, a body of land larger than the United States of America, containing no permanent inhabitants, and it experiences 24 hours of darkness or light depending on the time of year.  It’s a place very few people have ever had the chance to set foot on.  To put things into perspective, Antarctica is the 5th largest continent, measuring 14 million square kilometers.  The ice sheet that covers almost all of Antarctica is interestingly enough the largest body of fresh water on earth containing about 90% of the ice on earth and 68% of the fresh water!  If this ice sheet were to melt, it would raise the level of the world's oceans by at least 200 Feet (60m).  At some points this ice sheet is nearly 15,840 (4828m) feet! 

Name:                   Vinson

Continent:            Antarctica

Country:               N/A

Height:                 5895m (16,050’)

Mountain Range:Ellsworth Mountains