Vinson Massif

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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.

Elevation (feet): 16,066
Elevation (meters): 4,897
Continent: Antarctica
Country: Antarctica
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)

Trip Reports

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

There are 31 trip reports for Vinson Massif.

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  • Log #22293 - by lcconnolly on Feb 18, 2012
    Summited on 01/19/2012 with two other climbers and one guide - Vern Tejas. Route not very technical but conditions can be extremely cold and wind can be of serious concern. Summit day was cloudy and...
  • Log #22138 - by Vik Sahney on Feb 24, 2011
    Climbed with Alpine Ascents. Had a great trip and an easy climb. Lots of waiting for flights however so if you go, be ready to wait 2 weeks in one location or another! That said we climbed 4 new...
  • Log #22061 - by mpazzani on Aug 30, 2010
    Climb led by Phil Ershler. Others on summit team were Paul Morgan and Abelardo Sotelo.
  • Log #21556 - by Leigh nWiiliams on Dec 23, 2008
    great experience but expensive
  • Log #21146 - by Gerald Fiala on Jan 08, 2008
    Perfect weather, cold, strong wind but clear sky, undescribable feeling.
  • Log #20693 - by Nick B. Comande on Mar 17, 2007
    My Climb to Mt. Vinson was nothing short of an adventure to me. My goal was to be the first person to climb Mt. Vinson as a fund raising event for the American Cancer Society.
  • Log #20656 - by Dakota Leach on Feb 09, 2007
    I am 7 years old and I have not climbed this mountain yet...but someday I hope I will. I am studying ths 7 Summits....they are all so COOL!!! I hope oneday I can climb them all!!! Thanks for your...
  • Log #20468 - by Todd Passey on Nov 01, 2006
    We had been stuck in Vinson base camp for several days, waitinf for clear weather so wo could fly to Patriot Hill and then home. The weather was cloudy enough to prevent a safe landing, but not bad...
  • Log #20418 - by kait on Oct 04, 2006
    I was amazing, but yet a hard climb. We had to let the rescue hellicopter take three of the people. But when you get to the top it is just an amazing veiw. To give a recomendation from 1-10 I give it...
  • Log #18760 - by Mark Duncan on Feb 14, 2006
    I have a full account of this expedition along with photographs and video on my web site at http://www.climbs.org/sub/expedition/vinson.html
  • Log #18846 - by JULIA MARZE SMITH on Feb 14, 2006
    i need some info please my name is julia d. marze my father was in operation deepfreeze in 56 and he died in an airplane crash at anartica, his name was marion o. marze and they say they named a peak...
  • Log #13923 - by Bruce Krane on Nov 11, 2004
    Up Tuckerman Ravine. No views, whiteout, 33 degree temperature drop and 63 mph wind at summit. Down the auto road (out of desparation) to Appalachian Trail and back to Joe Dodge Lodge. Susan and I...
  • Log #13927 - by Dirk Stephan on Oct 20, 2004
    Hanging around at Punta Arenas for NINE days to match weather and logistic requirements..... Then went in with an IL76 to Patriot Hills, continued the same day to Basecamp at Ellsworth mountains....
  • Log #13928 - by Kingery and Laura Clingenpeel on Oct 19, 2004
    After staying at Lakes of the Clouds the night before, my wife and I arrived on the summit on June 24. The previous day, we had climbed via Lion Head and encountered black flies below the ridge. My...
  • Log #13929 - by Yury Konev on Sep 07, 2004
    Hiked up the mountain 3 times within about a one week timeframe. 8/28/04 -- Started at Pinkham Notch; went up the Huntington Ravine Trail, which is a nice little scramble up the headwall, but not...
  • Log #13930 - by Justin Prophet on Aug 27, 2004
    On my first trip up Mt. Washington, my friend and I followed the Lion's Head Trail. We summitted in about three and a half hours after stopping several times to admire the views. On the way down, my...
  • Log #13931 - by john on Aug 07, 2004
    Started from Pinkham Notch with 3 others. No tent, bag, warm clothes, map or compass. Plenty of energy bars and water. Became separated and followed signs pointing to the summit.
  • Log #13932 - by Jim Lombard on Aug 06, 2004
    My ninth time to the summit successfully, had to do it after falling short of it in wild weather this past February. Great training hike!
  • Log #13933 - by Bob O'Leary on July 12, 2004
    A great hike with my two sons, Brian and Robert, and their girlfriends, Aletha and Tatyana, on a sunny August afternoon. Peeling off clothing as we climbed with dogs Bobo & Cloe, the big strong...
  • Log #13934 - by Zeddy Al-Refai on Mar 06, 2004
    It was really cold.However,i was happy to reach the summit along with all Alpine Ascents International team of 17.(spread on 2 team).It's my 6th summit.
  • Log #13935 - by Tom Milne on Feb 21, 2003
    What a beautiful place! We had a great time. Our group of eight made a good team, and made the long trip (due to weather) fun. Antarctic storms are a thing to behold! The solitude on the mountain,...
  • Log #13937 - by Frits Vrijlandt on Jan 12, 2003
    This is the Seventh Summit for Frits Vrijlandt. He summitted together with Rozemarijn Janssen (first Dutch woman) at 17.20 with blue skies and little wind.
  • Log #13938 - by hasrizal m hasymi on Sep 23, 2002
    hasrizal m hasymi yogyakarta, yk indonesia Email: rizallados@yahoo.co.uk Web page: --- Date(s) summited: 22/09/2002 Date signed: September
  • Log #13939 - by Phillip Wendell on Aug 22, 2002
    Again, what a spectacular view! Just wanted to let you all know that I recently moved to Huddas, NH. Drop me a line some time... Phillip
  • Log #13940 - by Alfredo Soto Ortega on May 14, 2002
    Our expedition was the first from Punta Arenas - Magallanes - Chile. We live in this austral city. Was fantastic expedition and very cold (-40-C)
  • Log #13941 - by Fredie Vinson on Jan 08, 2002
    Hello all, my name is Fredie Vinson and I am related to Carl Vinson for whom the Mt. is named. I am currently trying to gather information for my own attempt within the next couple of seasons. I...
  • Log #13943 - by Patty Pomerleau on May 05, 2001
    Thanks for helping me with my school project! It looks like a cool area to climb in , but really cold !
  • Log #13944 - by Gerardo Escalona on Apr 10, 2001
    I need technical information about the best economical route, in bus, boat, time to climb, general coast, etc. Thank You
  • Log #13947 - by Sean Disney on Jan 13, 2000
    Our first guided trip of the mountain, summited with Sean Wisedale and lawrence Seeff, an excellent climb that I would reccommend to all interested, contact me for details.
  • Log #13948 - by Christopher Haddad on Mar 24, 1999
    Exactly one week ago today I became the youngest persn ever to complete the Seven Summits at age 17. Vinson Massif was my final destination, after just completing Cartensz Pyramid last month and...
  • Log #13949 - by Gerry Roach on Jan 15, 1999
    My 7th Continent summit. Glenn Porzak and I climbed through the "night" facing 50 mph winds and deep cold. We found the sun on the summit where all was still for our sureal hour on top.