Vinson Massif is the second lowest peak on the Seven Summits list and it presents some of the easiest climbing from a technical standpoint. But it is located in the most remote, inaccessible and coldest part of the world. It is also the only one of the Seven Summits where you won't need your headlamp, because during the summer climbing season the sun never sets. If these challenges aren't enough for you try it in perpetual darkness in the Antarctic winter.
You can watch a video tutorial on how to make your own mini mountains at
This is part of my series of "collectible mountains". All the models in this series are rendered at 1:100000. The model represents an area 10km x 10km. The bottom of the model sits at sea level so the different mountains can be accurately compared. Have you even wondered just how much bigger Everest is than Mt Shasta? Now you can hold them both in your hands and compare.
We talked about making 3d models like this and a whole lot more about 3d printing on the 3D Printing Today podcast available on iTunes, Stitcher radio or direct from the source at http://threedprintingtoday.libsyn.com/
Complete instructions on how to make models from digital elevation data can be found on my blog at