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Mount Vinson 10-day Mountaineering expedition in Antarctica

Join Todd, an IFMGA-certified mountain guide, in Antarctica for this ascent of the highest peak of the continent - Mt. Vinson! Discover the untouched wilderness of the extreme southern latitudes during this 10 day mountaineering expedition!

Duration10 days
Offer periodJan, Dec
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Experience one of the most remote landscapes on the planet

  • Complete a Seven Summit by ascending the highest mountain of Antarctica

  • Experienced team handling the complex logistics of the expedition

Description

Discover the vast wilderness of Antarctica as you journey to the highest point in the continent during this privately guided mountaineering expedition to the summit of Mt. Vinson!

An expedition to Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Situated at the extreme southern latitudes of the planet, just the logistics of stepping foot on the continent make for an unforgettable adventure. Once you arrive, you will discover one of the most awe-inspiring wilderness areas on the planet, a region so vast and remote that it has hardly been touched by humans. It is a mysterious place that has sparked the imagination of explorers and adventurers for centuries.

Mt. Vinson towers to an altitude of 16,064 ft, making it the tallest peak on the continent of Antarctica and one of the world’s iconic Seven Summits. Located in the Sentinal Range of the Ellsworth Mountains, it is not a technically difficult climb, but extreme conditions, dry air, and unforgiving weather make it a worthy challenge.

We will undertake the climb in December and January, the summer months of the southern hemisphere. During our climb, we can expect 22 hours of sunlight and temperature that range from 20 degrees Fahrenheit all the way to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. When the wind is mild and the sun is out, the climate can be comfortable, but when the weather changes the conditions become extremely harsh.

Logistics are the biggest challenge to any expedition in Antarctica, and we work with a trusted partner to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. While an ideal trip would last 10 days total, you should build in additional days in case we have to delay our summit push due to unpredictable weather conditions. On average, the climb takes 2 weeks. A day-by-day outline is included below. We will begin and end in Punta Arenas, a small town in Chilean Patagonia.

Book now to undertake the ultimate mountaineering adventure – climb to the summit of the tallest mountain in Antarctica!

Check out my other exciting adventure: Denali (Mt McKinley), 21-day Expedition in Alaska, 1+ day Backcountry skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, Utah, or 1+ day Multi-pich rock climbing in Red Rock, Nevada!

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It is highly recommended that you purchase trip insurance.

Meeting point

Airport at Punta Arenas, southern Chile

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Itinerary

Day 1: Introduction Day

We meet you at the airport Punta Arenas, located in Southern Chile. From there, we head to the hotel for a gear check. We further discuss logistics during dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Antarctica

Further briefings, then our gear will be picked up and we will wait for our flight to Antarctica.

Day 3: Base Camp

Once we arrive in Ancarctica, another short flight transfer takes us to our base camp at 7,000 ft. Once we set up camp, we spend the night there.

Day 4: Camp 1

We organize our sleds and gear and begin hauling our first load. We ascend the Branscomb Glacier to Camp 1 at 9,000 ft.

Day 5: Camp 2

We haul our sleds to the second camp at 10,000 ft.

Day 6: Camp 2

We bring our sleds with food and fuel to our high camp at 13,000 ft. We cache our supplies there, and return back to Camp 2 for the night.

Day 7: High Camp

We bring the rest of our gear to our high camp, where we spend the night.

Day 8: High Camp

Rest Day to give us a chance to relax and acclimatize before our summit push.

Day 9: Summit Push

Today we push toward the summit of Mt. Vinson and begin our descent.

Day 10: Return to Punta Arenas

We finish our descent down the mountain to base camp, fly back to the runway and continue to Punta Arenas.


About the guide

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A Utah native, Todd grew up with a strong passion for skiing and playing in the mountains. Looking to incorporate this passion into a profession Todd attended the University of Utah and earned a bachelors degree from the Parks and Recreation department. He worked in the outdoors as a wilderness instructor teaching survival skills in the Utah desert for many years. In 2000 he began mountain guiding, and has been sharing his passion of the mountains with others ever since.

Todd’s guiding has taken him to many corners of the globe including; Alaska, Asia, Antarctica, Europe, South America and the Western U.S. He is a fully certified IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide. Other training and certifications include Avalanche level III and Wilderness First Responder.

Climbing with Todd one immediately feels a sense of safety and trust. Todd is a strong and highly competent leader with years of experience leading large expeditions and one on one guiding. He is a skillful teacher and enjoys helping folks accomplish their climbing aspirations.

Some of his notable ascents include; Denali’s Cassin Ridge, a first ascent of the 5000’ west face of Mt. Vinson in Antarctica and the Walker spur on the Grand Jorasses in the Alps.

When he is not traveling Todd enjoys spending time at home in Salt Lake City, Utah climbing and skiing the Wasatch with his wife, climbing partner and fellow guide.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 43299 each

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