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• Your mountain guide will meet you in Punta Arenas to conduct your gear check and be with you for the entire program (other companies have you meet your guide at the mountain).
• Small team size, with a maximum of five climbers with one guide.
• Flexibility to adjust to changing mountain conditions, as well as possible flight delays.
• The best food on the mountain. Garrett Impact is famous for his signature meals on Vinson that never disappoint! (Think eggs, pancakes, and bacon for breakfast, meat, fish, with vegetables and a rice or potato dish for dinner)
• Expert leadership throughout.
• A dedicated and extremely knowledgeable person of contact in the Impact Mountaineering office to assist with any pre-trip questions.
• A travel agent well versed in booking flights for Vinson climbers, and available to make changes should you choose to change your itinerary.
• Regular dispatches: Keep family members and friends informed through our daily dispatch from the mountain accessed on our website.


Day 01:

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile. A representitive will meet you upon arrival at the airport and take you to our hotel. After settling in, we will conduct a thorough equipment check, and then have a group dinner at one of the many fine restaurants.

Day 02:

After breakfast we attend a pre flight briefing with our flight operator, and discuss many aspects of the journey to Antarctica. In the afternoon we send our duffel bags to the airport to be checked and packed for departure. We have the late afternoon and evening to explore the city.

Day 03:

Depart for Antarctica. We fly approximately 5 hours over the Drake Passage and land at Union Glacier camp. We generally spend 1-2 nights at this camp.

Day 04:

Review rope travel, Ice axe arrest, and crevasse rescue techniques.

Day 05:

Fly to Vinson base camp, establish base camp.

Day 06:

Climb to Camp 1, establish camp.

Day 07:

Rest in Camp 1 and review fixed line climbing techniques.

Day 08:

Climb up the Branscomb ridge, carrying a load to our Camp 2, return to Camp 1 for the night.

Day 09:

Climb to Camp 2 and establish camp.

Day 10:

Rest in Camp 2; evaluate weather conditions for a summit attempt.

Day 11:

Summit day! We climb the glaciated slopes to the summit ridge, and then traverse the ridgeline to the highest point in Antarctica. Return to Camp 2 for the night.

Day 12:

Descend from Camp 2 to Vinson Base Camp, spend the night at VBC.

Day 13:

Fly back to Union Glacier Camp this day.

Day 14:

Fly from Union Glacier Camp to Punta Arenas

Day 15:

Depart Punta Arenas for home.

Days 16-18:

Extra days in case of bad weather or flight delays.

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