Blick vom Mount Vinson Basislager über den Nimitz Gletscher während eine Twin Otter landet. © Russ Hepburn.
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Mountaineering

Technical scale: Mountaineering skills required for our expeditions, alpine tours and demanding trekking.
 
1 - easy
2 - quite difficult
3 - difficult
4 - very difficult
5 - extreme
 
Mountaineering is the underlying ability to climb any mountain. On classic expeditions, many exposed areas are secured.
 

1 - easy / simple

"Easy" on expedition already includes mountaineering in alpine terrain or on glaciers up to grad ZS/AD "quite difficult" according to alpine scale. Exposed areas and crevasses are fixed if possible. Basic knowledge in handling ice axe / crampons and rope is required.

2 - quite difficult

Route with extensive passages in the grad ZS/AD: Safe handling with an ice ax, crampons and rope are required. Exposed places or crevasses are fixed if possible or walked in rope team.

3 - difficult

Persistent suspended passages must be managed. These will be insured if possible. Mountaineering on the alpine scale S/D "difficult" with exposed climbing passages (up to IV. UIAA degree). Good use of crampons and rope is required, as well as safe climbing in combined terrain.
 

4 - very demanding

Exposed and demanding route. The difficulties range up to the alpine scale SS/TD "very difficult" and are mostly insured. Dealing with fixed rope and climbing clamps, increased demands on climbing technique, physical conditions and experience are required, as are all the demands of "difficult" mountaineering.
 

5 - extreme

Very demanding mountaineering, even without the possibilities of protection. The terrain will rarely exceed the alpine difficulty SS/TD, but can reach the requirements of the alpine scale AS/ES "extremely difficult". Above-average ability and a lot of experience in alpine mountaineering are expected.
 
Danger Warning: For safety reasons, your personal skills and sufficient experience are required for each expedition and ascent (specific description under Information / Requirements).

Stamina - Endurance

A mountain athlete needs endurance above any other specific fitness skill. Cardiovascular fitness is of course always subject to the movement (as climbing rocks or steep ice, you will not be able to transfer your triathlete or running fitness to mountains without being solid in the required mountaineering skills).

1 - Active Tour
Easy treks to EBC or on top of Kilimanjaro. You should be an active person.
 
2 - Sportive Tour
More demanding treks, simple climbs, like the climb of Elbrus. You should be a sportive person regularly exercising (at least 2-3x per week).
 
3 - Demanding Trek / Expedition
Very demanding treks like to the top of Aconcagua, or expeditions at the physical lower level like Ama Dablam. You should be an endurance athlete wit mountaineering experience. You should train endurance at least 3x/week.
 
4 - High Endurance - Expedition
To climb Everest (with oxygen-support) or some of the "easier" 8000m peaks you need a strong endurance. You should train specifically at least 4-5x per week.
 
5 - Very high Endurance - Expedition
Some of our special self-supported 8000m+ peak climbs as on Makalu, or to climb Everest (without oxygen-support) fit into this category. Your endurance should be near the level of a professional mountain athlete. 

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Mount Vinson - Antarctica Expedition

Selected dates:
to

Full service:
43.250,00 €

Airport of departure:

Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, München (andere euro. Flughäfen auf Anfrage).


Mount Vinson - Costs and Services:

Included:
 
  • SummitClimb expedition leader (min. 4 members)
    - additional mountain guide for bigger groups
    - guide to client 1:4 ratio
  • Briefings and Preparation Meeting (optional)
  • Commercial flights to and from Punta Arena:
    - flights from Europe or US (Economy)
    - special upgrades (Business, First) on request
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Punta Arenas ***Hotel: up to 5 nights (reserve days)
  • Round trip flight to Antarctica from Punta Arenas
  • Round trip flight to Vinson Base Camp from Union Glacier
  • Meals and tented accommodation in Antarctica
  • Group camping and climbing equipment
  • Celebration dinner and Certificate of Achievement
  • Checked luggage up to 55 lb (25 kg)
 
Not Included:
 
  • Insurance coverage—personal, medical, evacuation, or otherwise
  • Meals and accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • Additional flights within Antarctica
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Expenses incurred due to delays
  • Luggage over 55 lb (25 kg)
  • Satellite phone charges

Mount Vinson - expedition itinerary

1st day - Flight to Chile
Latest departure at your home, flight to Puntas Arenas.
 
2nd day - Arrival in Chile
Arrival in Punta Arenas. Transfer to the hotel (B&B). Joint dinner.
 
Day 3 - Chile, Mount Vinson preparation
Material check, organization, last purchases, team training, preparation for the flight to Union Glacier Camp.
 
4th day - Flight* to Vinson Base Camp (BC)
Flight with special ALE aircraft in 4h15min to Union Glacier Camp, the base for tourist excursions to Antarctica. If the weather is favourable, change to a "ski plane" and continue to Vinson Basecamp (BC) Glacier (2140m).
 
Day 5 - Vinson Base Camp
Acclimatization around the base camp. With a small group of max. 5 guests per guide we explore the individual skills to prepare the challenge of the ascent in the best possible way.
 
Day 6 - Vinson Base Camp
We sort out the personal material and everyone packs his rucksack including a share of food, gas, stove and tent.
 
7th day - Mount Vision: BC to Low Camp
On the Branscomb glacier, we head towards Low Camp (2750 m). The route is flat, so we can carry our equipment (typically 18-22kg per climber) 30% in a backpack and 70% on a sled. Stage: ↑650 Hm, 9 km, 4-6 h.
 
Day 8 - Mount Vinson: Low Camp
The camp remains in the shade until the late morning. After late breakfast, we plan a small tour and rest, for the fitter participants the ascent of Knutzen Peak (3372m).
 
Day 9 - Mount Vinson
Low Camp to High Camp: If the weather forecast for the next days is positive, we will climb. Thereby we have to overcome an up to 45° steep ascent with fixed ropes. After further flat terrain, the High Camp is set up at 3780 m. Stage: ↑1020 Hm, 6-8h.
 
Day 10 - Mount Vinson: Summit
If weather permits and we feel strong, we will start to the summit today. We take reserve capacities for 2-3 full days in high camp, depending on the weather forecast.
 
Mount Vinson - Summit day
The main part of the route runs through the gently ascending Vinson Valley before a short steep slope in up to 40° steep terrain leads to the rocky, spectacular summit ridge. Summit: a magnificent place! The views of Mount Gardner, Tyree, Epperly, and Shinn dominate in front of the Antarctic ice field, where massive peaks repeatedly protrude through the eternal ice shield. A breathtaking moment. After some summit photos, we descend to high camp. Summit stage: ↑↓1110 Hm, 8km, 9-12h.
 
11th day - Descent: Vinson Base Camp
The way to base camp past Low Camp is usually easily done in one day. In the evening we celebrate the ascent with a hearty meal. Route; ↓1670 Hm, 14 km, 9-12h.
 
Day 12 - Union Glacier
We fly back to Union Glacier Camp, where a hot shower awaits us and we can relax in a little more comfort.
 
Day 13 - Union Glacier
We can explore the region around the Union Glacier, enjoying the ambience of Antarctica for the last time.
 
Day 14 - Flight* Antarctica - Punta Arenas
After weather forecast and conditions of the runway we plan the return flight to Punta Arenas.
 
Day 15 to 18 - Punta Arenas (4 reserve days*)
We are planning sufficient reserve days for the Antarctic. Longer storms could prevent the return flight. If the ascent of Mount Vinson is successful and the return flight is necessary due to weather conditions, we will use these days to end the expedition at the southern tip of the South American continent.
 
19th day - return flight: Transfer to the airport and return flight (extension* if necessary)
 
20th day - home: Arrival back home.

What it takes to climb Mount Vinson

Requirements: You should have experience in high mountains and camping in winter conditions. We have no porters in Antarctica and have to transport heavy loads. The ascent is relatively easy, but because of the remoteness, you have to be a good team player and meet the technical and physical requirements solidly.
 
Technical requirements: The ascent of Mount Vinson is to be rated as a high altitude tour in the PD+/AD- range. The steepest passages are provided by fixed ropes. You should have a knowleage of climbing with jumars on fixed lines, crampon walking, handling of ice axes and roped up glacier walking.
 
Physical requirements: You need to be fit for 1100 meters (3500 feet) of ascent and descent on the summit day and several days of physical strain under difficult conditions. Temperatures below -40°C and longer storms can occur.

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