Canadian Climbing History has been made in the Himalayas

On May 18th at 8:39 Nepal time, Monique Richard of Montréal, Quebec and Al Hancock of Edmonton, Alberta summited Makalu the fifth highest mountain in the world, at the same time becoming the first Canadians to do so in the history of the Himalayas. We are so proud to have summited and to have the honor to fly the Canadian flag high above our heads and represent every Canadian from coast to coast.

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.