Vinson Massif, 4,897 m (16,067 ft) is the highest peak in Antarctica. It is a big mountain. An elevation of the wall on the picture is about 3,000 m. A total distance from the base camp to the summit via a normal route is 21 km. Extreme weather and isolation make a climb of Vinson Massif very serious. The mountain was named after Congressman Carl Vinson of Georgia, who was influential in promoting Antarctic explorations. It was first climbed in 1966, thirteen years after the first Mt.Everest successful ascent.
Antarctica is a continent located around the south pole of the Earth. The area of Antarctica is larger then either the area of Europe or Australia. This is the coldest continent in the world. The lowest temperature registered in Antarctica is – 89.2° C (-128.5° F). Antarctica doesn’t belong to any country. It is administered by Antarctic Treaty, an international agreement, designed to preserve the continent. Antarctica has no permanent human population.