Mount Vinson and the South Pole Combo
Ski to the South Pole and climb one of the Seven Summits in the same month. This combo of expeditions is a must-do for any serious adventurer and especially those on the Explorers Grand Slam track. It's also the most efficient and economical way to experience these two Antarctic treasures in one visit to the white continent.
Our South Pole / Vinson Combo starts with the Last Degree Expedition, skiing from S 89° to S 90°, the Geographic South Pole. Even though the South Pole rests at 2,895 meters (9,500 feet) it has a physiological altitude of around 3,650 meters (12,000 feet). This means that you'll be well acclimatized when you finish the last degree and head to Vinson which rises 4,897 meters (16,067 feet) above sea level, and offers outstanding views of Mt. Gardiner, Mt. Shinn and the expanse of Antarctica. Arriving at Vinson with this level of acclimatization and cold weather experience a makes for a safer, quicker and all around more efficient & enjoyable Vinson expedition.
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Join us for this remarkable series of expeditions and join the few who have stood at both the "bottom of the world" and the "top of Antarctica"! Give us a call or email us today to learn more about our South Pole / Vinson Combo or to book your space on our next departure.
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- Equipment List
- Dates & Rates
- Trip Insurance
Vinson Massif Mountaineering Daily Itinerary
The following itinerary begins after arriving back at Union Glacier Camp having competed the Last Degree Ski.
- Day 1
- Having returned to Union Glacier and transitioned from skiing to mountaineering kit, we will depart for Vinson Basecamp where, if weather allows, the team will continue on directly to Vinson Low Camp (bypassing Base Camp).
- Day 2-4
- For the next three days we'll ascend & descend the Vinson Massif. Though we rate the climb as "moderately difficult", the extreme temperatures (-10°F to -40°F), and the likelihood of strong winds combine to make this a potentially very difficult climb. Given the remote location of the mountain, caution is the order of the day! Contact us for a detailed itinerary.
- Day 5
- Back at Vinson basecamp, we'll ready ourselves for our flight back to Union Glacier and onwards to Punta Arenas.
PolarExplorers Vinson Massif Expedition: Equipment List
The Vinson Massif Mountaineering Qualifications
Vinson is not considered a very technically demanding mountain, but what it lacks in technical difficulty it more than makes up for with extreme conditions and a very remote location. As a team member on our Vinson expeditions you should be ready to handle basic mountain / glacial travel, roped team travel, fixed line ascension, self arrest and crevasse rescue, all while managing your layers and physical needs. You should be able to carry 30 kilo (65 lbs).
Mount Vinson (in combo with Last Degree Ski Expedition) Dates & Rates
2020-2021 Tentative Dates
December 31, 2019 – Jan 20, 2020
Please contact us for pricing
Includes all accommodations and meals while in Antarctica, guide(s), permits, communication & safety gear.
Expedition Trip Insurance
Trip cancellation insurance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for every PolarExplorers expedition.
Medical Evacuation insurance with a minimum coverage of $300,000 USD is REQUIRED on every PolarExplorers expedition.
Ensure that your policy covers your activity, destination and any pre-existing medical conditions (to cover pre-existing medical conditions you may need to purchase your policy within 14 days or less of your initial deposit).
If you are mountaineering check that the policy covers roped technical mountain travel and the elevation limit that you will have.
If you live in the USA you have additional options.
Travelex Insurance - Choose the TRAVEL SELECT policy and add the ADVENTURE PLUS PAK to receive appropriate medical evacuation coverage.
Travel Guard has comprehensive policies that include trip cancellation or you can purchase a Single Trip Medical Evacuation Important! You must include the optional Adventure Sports coverage upgrade if you are climbing any mountains or traveling in rope teams. (Pre-existing medical coverage is not available with this policy.)