Summit success on Mount Vinson!

Photo pulled from the Madison Mountaineering archive.

It’s with great excitement to share that the Madison Mountaineering Mount Vinson expedition team has reached the summit of Mount Vinson, the highest point in all of Antarctica! The team could not have asked for a more perfect day, climbing in one of the most remote and pristine places on the planet under beautiful, clear-blue skies. Not a bad way to celebrate the holiday! Expedition leader, Garrett Madison checks in with this dispatch from the summit of Mount Vinson with climbers, Art and Kevin:

Hello! This is Garrett calling in for the Mount Vinson (4892m/16,050ft) expedition – today is Christmas Eve and I am up here at the summit of Mount Vinson with Art and Kevin! We have a beautiful day here, almost all to ourselves and couldn’t ask for better conditions. What a great team and great company to be up here with! Here’s Art:

“Hey everybody, Christmas Eve! I’m really grateful to my family for letting me be here. It’s a special experience, beautiful day, a “magical place” as Garrett calls it… Antarctica is a magical place, very much worth seeing. I just love it! We are very, very happy. Here’s Kevin!” ~ Madison Mountaineering climber, Art Muir

Merry Christmas everybody! We’re on the top of Antarctica. Garrett got us up here again in stellar form! It’s a beautiful day, we miss everybody lots… Loves and hugs and kisses to everybody! Thanks Stacey for yeah, holding the fort while I’m here. Happy birthday Maddy! We’ll see everybody real soon. All the best!” ~ Madison Mountaineering climber, Kevin Walsh

Right on! Well, such a beautiful moment to share up here with Art and Kevin. Highest point in Antarctica, bluebird day, no clouds as far as the eye can see, and just a really awesome experience. We’ll savor it, and of course looking forward to getting down safe. Check in soon!

In addition to these expedition dispatches, you can also follow our teams as they make their attempts on the world’s most formidable mountains on:

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  • Enable the skill and add to your flash briefing to hear our daily audio expedition updates on select expeditions.  Just say, “Alexa, play my flash briefing.


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