Mount Vinson

Vinson Massif is the highest mountain in Antarctica and one of the Seven Summits. It is located about 750 miles from the South Pole. The highest point of the Massif is Mount Vinson, named in 2006. The massif lies in the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains, which stand above the Ronne Ice Shelf near the base of the Antarctic Peninsula. The vast majority of climbs to the summit have used the western side of the massif from the Branscomb Glacier. The climb of Vinson offers little technical difficulty beyond the usual hazards of travel in Antarctica, such as high winds and snowfall.

Mount Vinson SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by jakenorton

6 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Dec 24, 2012. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing route and hiking trail to the summit is Normal Route via Branscomb Glacier.

Others who’ve summited Mount Vinson

  • lydia.litton

Routes Used trails & approaches

100% Normal Route via Branscomb Glacier


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Alternate Names

Vinson Massif


16,050 ft / 4,892 m


16,050 ft / 4,892 m

Height Rank Range

Sentinel Range



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Summited by

  • dsbmtn
  • bruceparker
  • jakenorton
  • vsahney
  • lydia.litton
  • LandLubber23

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