Mountains

Vinson Massif, Antarctica, 4897

Located only 660 miles from the South Pole, Vinson-Massif 4897moh(16,067′) is the highest peak in Antarctica and one of the renowned “Seven Summits.” Antarctica has the reputation for having the most inaccessible and inhospitable mountains in the world. Climbed for the first time in 1965, Vinson still sees very few visitors and remains a pristine…

Lhotse 8516 meters, Nepal, April 2011

Lhotse is best known for its proximity to Mount Everest and the fact that climbers ascending the standard route on that peak spend some time on its northwest face.   It is the forth highest of the 8000 meters. Lhotse is a dramatic peak in its own right, due to its tremendous south face. This rises…

Kosciuszko, Australia, Australasia

Kosciusko National Park includes Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciusko (2,228 metres/7,310 feet). Several tributaries of the Murray and Snowy rivers begin in the park. There are numerous lakes, including the Blue, Albina, and Club. The park has more than 200 caves and the most extensive examples of glaciated upland landscapes and subalpine flora in mainland…

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa

KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA, AFRICA Mount Kilimanjaro stands on an otherwise featureless part of the East African plateau, on the Tanzanian side of the Kenya border, side by side with the smaller Mount Meru. Both mountains are extinct volcanoes, with Kilimanjaro actually being the agglomeration of three distinct volcanoes, whose violent creation is geologically associated with the…