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After another hundred and fifty feet, I looked down the east face of Vinson’s summit pyramid and looked up a few steep feet to the ridge crest. Without hesitation, I turned into the slope and front pointed up into the sun. My seventh summit was only twenty feet away! I whooped, “This is it!” I reeled in the rope as Glenn came up to me, and we made incoherent noises as we walked together to Vinson’s summit.

– Gerry Roach - from Ten Tadasanas - Coming Home
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Antarctica’s Vinson Massif, 16,077 feet

Antarctica's Vinson Massif, 16,077 feet The northwest side of the Vinson Massif seen from the air

The main summit is the rightmost of five summits, and is just right of center in this photo

Mount Shinn is the pointy peak on the far right, and the upper climbing route on Vinson ascends gentle, sunlit slopes from the Vinson-Shinn saddle

Photo by Gerry Roach
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