Jon G’s 7in4 II: VINSON

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The first peak in this World-Record attempt, with the Record clock commencing once they reached the summit

SUMMIT & PROJECT 7in4 CLOCK STARTS: 16th January 2018 at 19:00 UTC
AIM – To successfully & safely climbing the highest mountain on every continent.
TIME FRAME – The date in which to complete the 7 Summits & beat the current 126-day record is 22nd May 2018 at 19:00 UTC.

Mt Vinson 4892m is the highest mountain in Antarctica & was the first in Steve’s Project 7in4. For this trip, Steve joined AAI & legendary guides Vern Tejas & Ben Jones along with 5 other clients.  The expedition starts in Punta Arenas (Chile) with a 4-hour flight to Union Glacier on the monster Russian Ilyushin 76! (see photos). From here a 45-minute ride in a Twin Otter took them to basecamp at 2100m.

In this cold frozen world, the sun doesn’t set in January & from year to year, nothing changes – it doesn’t snow much.

Over the 2 weeks, the team acclimatised on the mountain using a basecamp, low camp & high camp. During a rest day at high camp (3770m) Steve, Vern & Chris took a hike out to Mt Shinn. At 4660m 3rd highest peak on the continent.

Summit day was straightforward, cold, and utterly beautiful. An easy walk up the glacier & onto the exposed ridge that leads to the summit!

NEXT POST (3 of 13) – Will be about Steve & I on the 2nd of the 7 Summits – Aconcagua 6962m (South America). I will post this tomorrow with photos.

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