Monday, 27 August 2007 - 2:40 PM

Craddock Massif and Vinson Massif Remeasured

Damien Gildea, The Omega Foundation, Incline Village, NV 89450 and John F. Splettstoesser, P.O. Box 515, Waconia, MN 55387.

The highest peak in Antarctica, Vinson Massif (78º35’S, 85º25’W), is at an elevation of 4892 m (16,046 ft – 2004 measurement). Measurements of the elevation have fluctuated over the years, from its earliest figure of 5140 m (16,859 ft), to its present figure. Vinson Massif and three of its near neighbors in the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains are the highest peaks in Antarctica, making them a favorite objective of mountaineers. Well over 1,000 people have climbed Vinson since the first ascent in the 1966-67 austral summer. The spectacular topography of the range is a factor of the geologic rock type and glacial erosion. Very accurate elevations have been achieved annually by GPS mapping done by a climbing team sponsored by Omega Foundation, active in Antarctica since 1998. Craddock Massif includes Mt. Craddock (after Campbell Craddock*), the ninth highest peak in Antarctica, at 4368 m (14,327 ft).