Vinson Massif Climb Antarctica  •  16,067'  •  4897m

IMG Vinson Massif Climb Itinerary

Day Itinerary
Day 01 Depart from the United States.
Day 02 Arrive in Santiago and connect with flights to Punta Arenas, Chile. Night spent at our hotel in Punta Arenas.
Day 03 Final equipment checks and preparations. Night spent in Punta Arenas.
Day 04 Flight to Patriot Hill, Antarctica. Approx. 6 hours. Transfer as soon as weather permits to Vinson Base Camp in a twin engine Otter. Camp at Vinson Base. (7,000 ft.)
Day 05 Carry to Camp 1. (9,500 ft.) We cache gear here and descend to Vinson Base for the night.
Day 06 Probable rest day.
Day 07 Move to Camp 1 and set up camp there.
Day 08 Carry to Camp 2 at the col between Vinson and Mt. Shinn. (12,500 ft.) This is the location of our high camp and we leave a cache here and then descend to Camp 1.
Day 09 Probable rest day.
Day 10 Move to Camp 2 and set up our high camp.
Day 11 Weather and health permitting, we will make a summit bid. We will return to Camp 2 for the night.
Day 12 Pack up all gear and descend to Vinson Base Camp. This takes the bulk of the day. We camp here at base camp for the night.
Day 13 Return flight to the Patriot Hills and connect with the transport plane for our return flight to Punta Arenas. Night spent at the hotel.
Day 14 Fly from Punta Arenas to Santiago and connect with flights to the United States.
Day 15 Arrive home.
Day 16 - 20 These are contingency days that will be available to us for weather delays, additional acclimatization days or simply days for more climbing. The schedule gives us a fairly good cushion to deal with any unexpected delays or occurrences.