Seven Summits

 

The Seven Summits’ is a challenge to climb the highest mountain on every continent. Richard Bass (American) first reached this goal April 30 1985. However, there is some controversy whether Mount Kosciusko 2,228 meters (7,310 ft.) in the Australian Mainland or Mount Carstensz Pyramid 4,884 m (16,024 ft.) in the Australian Continent on the island of New Guinea which lies on the Australian Continental Shelf is really the 7th Summit. Pat Morrow (Canadian) was the 1st to climb both Kosciuszko and Carstensz Pyramid and completed all (8) summits on May 7 1986. Morrow was quoted: “Being a climber first and a collector second, I felt strongly that, the highest mountain in Australasia … was a true mountaineer’s objective.”

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My project of reaching all Seven Summits only seriously began after climbing Mount Everest. I have since climbed all of the 7 (or 8 – see above ) Summits on every continent, including both Carstensz Pyramid (March 19, 2014) and Kosciuszko (April 10, 2014). Most serious climbers will now climb both mountains.

 

Read my blog posts from this adventure below:

 

Carstensz Pyramid & Kosciuszko

Mount Carstensz Pyramid    It has been an 8 year project – climbing the Seven Summits – highest mountain on every continent – but I reached that goal on the 19th March 2014. Carstensz Pyramid, 4884m, is in the western Indonesian half of the 2nd largest island in the world Papua New Guinea but simply…Read More

Mount Elbrus

  Great News Wednesday August 8th 2012 just after noon I reached the summit of Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. We had really harsh and dangerous conditions particularly on the descent. This successful summit gets me one big step closer to achieving my goal to climb the 7 Summits. I have now climbed…Read More

Kilimanjaro

  My 5th mountain of the ‘Seven Summits’ challenge. Mid-January to mid-February 2012 I spent a month in Tanzania first hiking Kibo (Kilimanjaro) Immediately after Kili I went on safari in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. It was simply extraordinary. I could never have imagined that suddenly I would be plunged into such…Read More

Mount Everest

The Everest challenge was everything and more than my original expectations. Heading back up the Khumbu Valley after 40 years (December 1969) and especially arriving in Namche Bazaar, was a moving moment for me. That original experience of trekking to Everest Base Camp alone 40 years ago and having a dream, even if it was…Read More

Mount Vinson

  ANTARCTICA – WOW, what an Awesome World! January 5, 2009, I received an email from Phil Ershler at IMG offering me to join an expedition to climb Mount Vinson, the highest mountain in Antarctica. I was to replace another climber who was unable to go. Only trouble was – I had to leave in…Read More

Mount Denali

  For some non apparent reason my sub-conscious restlessness drives me to challenge myself physically and emotionally and usually in faraway places. This time it was the acclaimed and magnificent mountain Denali (Mount McKinley) 20,320′ in Alaska. At 63 degrees north bordering the Arctic Circle, it is light for almost 24 hours a day this…Read More

Aconcagua

The exciting thing about high altitude climbing is not really the details from day to day, like the raging river crossings, moving up and down from camp to camp, radical weather changes, equipment issues, etc., etc. These details are, of course, the wonderful stuff that fill up your memory box and photo albums. In my…Read More