Vinson Massif, Antarctica, 16,050 feet A massif is “a section of a planet’s crust that is demarcated by faults and flexures.” Vinson Massif is located about 150 miles from the South Pole, and was first climbed by the American Alpine club in 1963, which is quite recent in history due to its particularly hazardous conditions.
Vinson Massif, Antarctica Elevation: 4892m Average time to summit: 7–21 days Fabled Vinson was first glimpsed by human eyes in 1958. Since then, only some 1400 have reached the summit. Weather poses the greatest threat here: it has some of the coldest temperatures on the planet and winds that can easily surpass 80 kilometres per hour. The simple fact that it could takes weeks to get to a proper hospital in an emergency makes this a remarkably dangerous excursion.