Canadian Climbing History has been made in the Himalayas
Al Hancock’s “Big 14” Challenge
Over the past seven years, Al Hancock has been quietly making Canadian history.
The former journeyman millwright and oil sands maintenance supervisor has summited Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak, twice. And in the spring of 2014, along with Quebec climber Monique Richard, he made Canadian history by ascending the peak of Mount Makalu, which ranks 5th. Hancock followed that up two months later with a successful climb of the extremely challenging K2, the world’s second highest peak.
This Edmonton-based climber is on a roll. He’s successfully scaled six of the world’s 14 tallest mountains. His plan, over the next three years, is to become the first Canadian, and only the second North American, to summit all 14 of the world’s peaks over 8,000-metres.
The next leg of Hancock’s journey begins next March when he’ll travel to Nepal to tackle Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, 10th and seventh on the list, respectively.