Vinson Massif (Kalos Universe)

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Vinson Massif

The highest point in Antarctica.

Satellite image of Vinson Massif, Antarctica

Vinson Massif is the highest point in the snow-covered continent of Antarctica, with a height of 4,892 m (16,050 ft). Mount Vinson is an immense block of uplifted rock on the western edge of the Sentinel Range in the Ellsworth Mountains, located about 1,200 km (750 mi) from the South Pole. This range is situated near the base of the Antarctic Peninsula, just west of the Ronne Ice Shelf.

As one of the "Seven Summits", Vinson has become somewhat of a popular climb in recent years despite the expense and difficulty of reaching it, and several companies now offer guided expeditions. The standard ascent route climbs the Branscomb Glacier on the west side of the peak, starting from an aircraft landing at about 7000 ft (2100 m). Several ski and snowboard descents of Mount Vinson have also been done in the past few years.

Vinson Massif is perhaps best known for being the location of the headquarters of the Justifiers from 1986 until the present. Tours of the the Justifiers' headquarters are available; reservations are required.