Mount Erebus

Ross Island is a volcanic island, with twin volcanoes, Mount Erebus and Mount Terror (10,750 ft.), rising from the icy Ross Sea off the coast of Antarctica. Erebus is the higher of the two, and unlike Terror, is still active. An ice-covered saddle separates the two mountains, Erebus to the West, Terror to the East. The first Erebus climbers in 1908 have documented their amazement in experiencing Erebus boil and steam above the icefields. These first climbers approached the summit from the west. A second ascent followed in 1912 from the north, but time on the summit was ended prematurely by a minor eruption. The most recent eruption was in 1995. The explorer J. Clark Ross, for whom Ross Island and Ross Ice Shelf were named, bestowed the name Erebus on both his ship and the mountain. The name Erebus in Greek Mythology refers to the place of darkness, through which the spirits of the dead must journey en route to Hades.

Elevation (feet): 12,447
Elevation (meters): 3,794
Continent: Antarctica
Country: Antarctica
Range/Region: Prince Albert-McMurdo
Latitude: -77.5333
Longitude: 167.15
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Dec
Volcanic status: Active
Year first climbed: 1908
First successful climber(s): T.W.E. David and party
Convenient Center: Two permanent research stations on Ross Island:, McMurdo (United States), Scott (New Zealand)

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 3 trip reports for Mount Erebus.

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  • Log #2009 - by Caitlen Lockhart on Dec 08, 2003
    Hello it was fun climbing mount Erebus,it was VERY COLD.
  • Log #2010 - by Veronica Turnbull BA (Hons) on Feb 28, 2003
    Strangly for a Historian I am very interested in vulcanology. I have a black cat named Erebus, who spits and bites people, not me. He has been introduced to the American Antartic Team who work on...
  • Log #2011 - by Rick Aster on Aug 07, 2001
    I do research on this continuously active volcano with the U.S. Antarctic Program. See the MEVO web page for more information!