National Geographic : 1967 Jun
Human huskies, hauling aloaded sled, begin the long march toward the Sentinel Range. On December 7th, the U. S. Navy flew climbers and gear to a point 20 miles from their ob jective. The Navy earlier had landed gasoline for a motorized toboggan, or snow scooter, to be used in pulling the sleds. When two searches for the fuel proved fruitless, this party of six started a man-haul toward Vinson, right. Meanwhile, three men filled the motor toboggan's tank with cooking gasoline to make a final hunt for the precious fuel. After five hours the cache, hidden by undulations in the ice field, was found, and the snow scooter raced to the weary haulers, who had covered only seven miles in a day. In midsummer's constant light, Shinn (10), 15,750 feet, glistens with its mantle of snow. Like Gardner and Epperly (9), 15,100+, Shinn bears the name of a U. S. Navy pilot. In 1956 Lt. Comdr. Conrad Shinn landed a party at the South Pole, the first at the bottom of the world since explorer Robert F. Scott in 1912. The Ameri can mountaineering team began their ascent of Shinn from Camp II high on a col to the right of the mountain. Ascending a spiraling route, they reached the peak on December 21, 1966. Antarctica's giant, Vinson Massif (11), 16,860 feet, climaxes the southern end of the range. The name honors Georgia's Carl Vinson, former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. The climbers established a route from Base Camp, over a low ridge to Camp I, 842 KODACHROMES(A MONTAGE) BY SAMUEL C. SILVERSTEIN ©) N.G .S. then up an icefall to Camp II. From Camp III, the as sault of December 18th was achieved. Camera angle makes the unnamed peak at right-also part of the massif-appear to be higher than Vinson's crest, but the explorers' measurements proved it to be lower.