Mount Vinson climbing history


Mount Vinson is the highest peak in Antarctica. It is named after Admiral Richard E. Byrd, who made the first landing on the continent in 1928. Mount Vinson has an elevation of 8,892 ft (2,792 m) above sea level and a prominence of 4,892 metres. It is part of the Antarctic Peninsula and is located at coordinates 64°5’S latitude and 67°39’W longitude.

Mount Vinson’s climate is governed by the polar ice cap’s high-pressure system, creating predominantly stable conditions except for rare occurrences of strong winds and snowfall. Despite low annual snowfall of up to 46 centimetres (18 inches), base camp accumulations can reach 46 centimetres (18 inches) in a year. On November- January you can see sunlight 24 hours. While the average temperature during these months is −30 °C (−20 °F), intensive sun will melt snow on dark objects.

Mount Vinson is one of the Seven Summits, and it has received much attention from well-funded climbers in recent years. Multiple guide companies offer guided expeditions to Mount Vinson, at a typical cost of around US$40,000-$60,000 per person, including transportation to Antarctica from Chile. Although SummitClimb doesn’t offer Vinson expedition but it offers Manaslu, Everest, K2, Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Aconcagua, Mera Peak and many more expedition.

In 1963, two groups within the American Alpine Club—led by Charles D. Hollister and Samuel C. In spring 1966 at the urging of the National Science Foundation and the AAC and Nicholas Clinch, two groups merged. Officially named the American Antarctic Mountaineering Expedition (AAME), this expedition was sponsored by both organizations and supported in the field by U.S. Navy personnel stationed at McMurdo Station in Antarctica as well as scientists from institutions associated with the National Geographic Society. Do you know even ten scientists and experienced mountaineers participated in AAME 1966/67.”

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