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TOPIC: Mt Vinson

Mt Vinson 3 years, 11 months ago #1148

What kind of training a person requires to climb Mt Vinson, the highest mountain in Antarctica ?
Very curious about such stuff.
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Re: Mt Vinson 3 years, 10 months ago #1149

At a height if 4897 m, Mt Vinson is the 8th most prominent mountain in the world.
Mount Vinson is the coldest of the Seven Summits. The Vinson Massif has a polar climate with low snowfall but high winds and severely low temperatures. The area has generally stable weather conditions that are ruled by high pressure over the polar icecap. Atmospheric pressure, however, is lower at the Poles than elsewhere on earth so air can be pulled over Antarctica, resulting in cold air rapidly descending over the continent, then fanning out as high winds. Temperatures in the Antarctic summer, from November until February, average about -20 degrees F (-30 C). Wind coupled with cold air temperatures results in brutally low wind-chill temperatures, forming the greatest threat to climbers.

Mount Vinson is not a difficult peak to climb, being more a snow trudge than a technical climb, but the combination of its remoteness, high winds, and extremely low temperatures make Vinson a tough climb. Factor in the cost of traveling to the area and an ascent of Mount Vinson is almost financially impossible for most climbers. Most climbers spend over $30,000 to climb it.
Hope this answers your question. :)
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