A Mountaineer’s Story: Ascent Of Mt. Vinson

Evening descent from Mt. Gardner with the view of Antarctica’s northern Sentinel Range. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Ever wonder what it would be like to stand on the highest point in Antarctica? Attend the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, Oct. 25 to hear from adventurer Eiichi Fukishima, who seeks to enliven one’s passion for Antarctica’s Mt. Vinson.

Fukishima’s talk begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings as well.

This is a tale of the first ascent of the last high point of any continent to be climbed. The genesis of the trip is both mundane and exciting, with an intrigue, some suspense, and many questions that would not be answered until we were actually on the climbs.

As with any other trips of that era, the lack of reliance on wireless communication made for an experience that cannot be duplicated these days … total immersion in the expedition for six weeks with no outside distractions.

The Los Alamos Mountaineers meetings are always free to the public and no registration is required. 

For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.