Mt. Vinson Expedition
Mt. Vinson is the highest peak in Antarctica at a height of 4892m, which saw the first ascent in the December 1966 by an American team consisting of mountaineers and scientists.
Day-1 Arrive to Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ). Upon arrival in Punta Arenas take a taxi from the airport to our hotel. Night spent at Hotel Diego de Almagro in Punta Arenas.
Day-2 After breakfast we will have our first team meeting. We conduct a detailed personal equipment discussion and gear check. Night spent at Hotel Diego de Almagro.
Day-3 Today we make our final preparations for the flight to Union Glacier with a pre-flight briefing, weighing baggage, etc. During the afternoon we have time to explore the interesting port city of Punta Arenas. Night spent at Hotel Diego de Almagro.
Day-4 Flight to Union Glacier, Antarctica. This flight is approximately five hours long, crossing Drake Passage and the Antarctic Circle before landing on a blue ice runway. If the weather allows we will continue on via Twin Otter aircraft to Vinson Base Camp located at 7,200’ on the Branscomb Glacier. The flight is approximately 1 1/2 hours.
Day-5 The climb begins! We carry food and fuel to Camp 1 located at 9,100’, make our cache and descend to Vinson Base Camp for the night.
Day-6 Rest and acclimatization day.
Day-7 We break camp, climbing back to Camp 1 with our remaining gear and establish our second camp at 9,100’.
Day-8 Weather and health permitting we carry to High Camp located in the saddle between Mt. Vinson and Mt. Shinn at 12,400’. We cache gear at High Camp and descend to Camp 1for the night.
Day-9 Rest and acclimatization at Camp 1
Day-10 Move to High Camp.
Day-11 Summit Day! On the climb from High Camp to the top of Mt. Vinson we gain 3,600’. From the 16,067’ summit we have unparalleled views of the Ellsworth Range, the Ronne Ice Shelf and seemingly the whole continent of Antarctica. We spend the night again at high camp.
Day-12 Break camp and descend to Vinson Base Camp. Night spent at Base Camp.
Day-13 Spare day for summit
Day-14 Return flight to Union Glacier and connect with the transport plane for our return flight to Punta Arenas. Night spent at the hotel at Punta Arenas. (B)
Day-15-21 Days thirteen through nineteen are contingency days should we experience delays due to weather or other unforeseen events. Days of delay are a normal part of Antarctic travel and maybe used on the mountain or for travel.
Day-22Fly from Punta Arenas to Home town.