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Antarctica, Vinson Massif

Vinson Massif. On November 27, Reinhold Messner, Wolfgang Tomaseth and I reached the highest point of Antarctica 26 hours after Giles Kershaw had landed us below the peak. The weather was wonderful and the climb, during which we slept at what is normally Camp II, was a real pleasure. Reinhold Messner thus became the second person, after Canadian Pat Morrow, to reach the highest summits of all the continents, considering Carstensz Pyramid the highest point in Australasia rather than insignificant Kosciusko, which is the highest in Australia.

Oswald Oelz, Schweizer Alpen Club