In 1966, Eddie Bauer outfitted the American Antarctica Mountaineering Expedition that set out to climb the major peaks on the ice-covered continent. They were successful, capturing first ascents of the six highest mountains in the Sentinel range. One of those firsts occurred on December 18, when Pete Schoening, William Long, Barry Corbet and John Evans reached the summit of Vinson Massif, the tallest peak in Antarctica and, as such, one of the world’s Seven Summits.
On New Year’s Day, 2011, First Ascent guides Peter Whittaker, Ed Viesturs, Seth Waterfall, Caroline George, Jake Norton, cinematographer Kent Harvey and their clients departed for Antarctica for a 45th anniversary climb to commemorate the 1966 first ascent. Follow their stories on the Born Out There blog throughout January.
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