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Video: Experience Antarctica’s highest mountain, Vinson

Posted: Aug 06, 2014 08:18 am EDT

(By Correne Coetzer) If you dream about climbing Mount Vinson or have been there, here is a Video that Adventure Network International (ANI) posted about the experience on the mountain.


ANI is the caretaker of Vinson Massif and great care is taken to keep all the climbers of all operators safe and the mountain super clean. All waste is flown out to Chile in South America. At the start of every season, the ANI guides lay out the route and fix the ropes. During the climbing season, with each rotation of new climbers, ANI has at least two rangers on the mountain. Before every climb the rangers go ahead on the route, checking for possible new crevasses that could have opened and possible avalanche dangers. 


A professional meteorological team at ANI Base Camp, Union Glacier, sends weather updates through to Vinson BC to ensure that climbing takes place in the best and safest weather.   


Watch the ANI video on Vimeo >>



Gateway port Punta Arenas, Chile, South America: 
To ALE/ANI Base Camp, Union Glacier 
(79° 45'S, 083° 14’W).


Vinson Base Camp (VBC) is located on the Branscomb Glacier 95 miles (151km) from Adventure Network/ANI's main camp, Union Glacier. The geographic location is 78º32'S, 086º00'W at an elevation of 6900ft (2100m) above sea level. The flight from Union Glacier to VBC with a Twin Otter takes about 30 minutes across the Sentinel Range in the Ellsworth Mountains.


Low Camp is located at 2750m / 9000ft. The ascent from VBC to LC is 650m / 2150ft, takes 4-6 hours over a distance of 9 km / 5.5 miles.


High Camp is located at 3700m / 12,400ft: A 1020m / 3350ft ascent from Low Camp, 6-8 hours, 3km / 1.8 miles, 1200m fixed ropes, up to 45° slopes.


Summit at 4892m / 16,160ft (feels like 5500m): 1120m / 3670ft ascent from High Camp, 14km / 8.75 miles return. [Vinson data courtesy of Adventure Network International (ANI)]




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Summit at 4892m / 16,160ft (feels like 5500m), with breathtaking views, if not overcast.
courtesy Tim Hewette, SOURCE