We are beginning our research of Mt Vinson in Antarctica, the last of the 7 summits. We hope to do that mountain in January of 2010. It seems like a long way away but preparing for some of these hikes is like starting a small business. Hopefully our success on Mt. Everest will make fund raising easier and we will not have to take a 2nd mortgage out on our house. We now have most of the equipment.
Although Mt. Vinson is not as high as Everest the hike will be long since you start at just slightly above sea level. Everyone in the family will have to do some reading and make their own personal decision as to whether they want to come or not. Since the children are beginning to make their own lives (work, potential partners etc.) new parameters are coming into play.
Climbing Mt. Everest this year was a rushed decision. Most people take a year to plan and we only took 6 months. It also cost us money since many potential sponsors said they did not have enough time to set things up. We are glad we did it however since it may have been the only year all of us could have gone.