December 29, 2013 - January 8, 2014
Antarctica has always seemed surreal to me ... who goes there? Does it even exist?
After summitting Denali in 2012, Vinson became my next objective. It took a lot of convincing ... ok, begging my husband to agree to head this far south, but after many months, we finally confirmed our plans to climb on the coldest continent. In addition to being the coldest, Antarctica also boasts being the driest and windiest ... sounds perfect!
Vinson Massif is the highest mountain on the continent measuring 16,067 feet (4,892 m). It's in the Sentinel mountain range, about 1,200 miles inland from the tip of Antarctica's peninsula. This puts Mt. Vinson about 600 miles from the south pole, and makes it easy to get to, relative to other parts of the continent.
This site details my climb up Vinson via the standard route, the gear that I carried, and my training program.