THOSE WHO INSPIRE
AL HANCOCK, mountain guide, safety expert, keynote speaker; is one of Canada’s premier high-altitude mountaineers, who has scaled 7 of the world’s 14 highest mountains. His goal – the BIG 14 CHALLENGE – is to be the 1st Canadian and only 2nd North American to scale all 14 of the 8,000m Himalayan giants. He is also the 13th Canadian to summit the 7 SUMMITS and 1st Newfoundlander to summit Mount Everest.
SATYARUP SIDDHANTA (born April 29, 1983) is an Indian (Bangalore) high-altitude mountaineer who became the youngest person in the world to climb the 7 SUMMITS and the VOLCANIC 7 SUMMITS at age 35 years 261 days (15 January 2019). He is recognized by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.
JAMES STONE is a British mountaineer. He has tramped around the British hills for years but only came to high altitude mountaineering late in life. He became the first British man to complete the Volcanic Seven Summits in 2017 and tries to keep track of those who are attempting the V7S challenge. James has climbed around the world in places as diverse as Australia, New Zealand, North Africa, North America, Guatemala, and the Alps. His site https://clachliath.com/ is a huge source of data and info concerning the Volcanic Seven Summiteers, The Top 50 ULTRAS of the World (and who has climbed them). and mountains based on prominence.
JOHN S DAHLEM is an American high-altitude mountaineer, and the Oldest Father-Son Combination (RYAN DAHLEM) ever on top of Mount Everest. John is also 2nd oldest American to summit Everest (May 24, 2010) and he has skied the last degree to both the North and South Poles (GRAND SLAM CHALLENGE).
Jamie Viñals (born November 17, 1966) is a Guatemalan mountaineer and the first person from Central America and Caribbean ever to climb the Earth’s highest peak, Mount Everest. He began climbing locally in 1987 at age 26, and since then he has climbed over 300 mountains in 42 countries.
Viñals has climbed the Seven Summits. In 2002, Jamie embarked on an attempt to climb the highest peak of each of the Seven Largest Islands in the world: 1/ Greenland, Mt. Gunnbjorn (3,693m); New Guinea, Mt. Wilhelm (4,509m); Borneo, Mt. Kinabalu (4,101m), Madagascar, Mt. Moromokotro (2,876m); Baffin Island, Mt. Tête Blanche (2,156m); Sumatra, Mt. Kerinci (3,800m); Fuji, Mt. Honshu (3,776m).
He is also involved in a project called 50 MOST PROMINENCE SUMMITS OF THE WORLD, a challenge to climb all 50 of these mountains. As of April 2020, Jaime has summited 33 of them, making him 2nd behind Matthew Holt (UK/ South Africa) who has climbed 36. http://clachliath.com/
By Mammut | November 11th, 2017
Swiss climber Marcel Remy is approaching his 95th birthday but still lives for the excitement and fun of life. In August 2017 he climbed the 450 meter north-west face of the world famous Miroir de l’Argentine in western Switzerland—a face he believes he has climbed more than 200 times in his life. The team take the Voie Normale route for three pitches, then join the Directe route to the summit, with an overall grade of 5a (5.8).
Carlos Soria Fontán (was born in Ávila, Spain, February 5, 1939) is a Spanish mountain climber who, at 80 years of age, has taken up the challenge of becoming the oldest person in the world to reach the summits of the 14 highest mountains in the world. He is the only mountaineer to have ascended ten mountains of more than 8,000 meters after turning 60, and he is the oldest person in history to have successfully climbed the K2 (65 years old), Broad Peak (68), Makalu (69), Gasherbrum 1 (70), Manaslu (71 years old), Lhotse (72), Kanchenjunga (75 years old) and Annapurna (77 years). Prior to 60 years old – Nanga Parbat 1990, Gasherbrum II 1994, Cho Oyu 1999, Everest 2001.
Carlos Soria’s great contribution is that he has given a practical example of how even seniors can have full lives, both physically and mentally, which is an important inspiration for thousands of persons of all ages who regularly follow his expeditions.
By Anna Callaghan OUTSIDE Nov 22, 2019
In 2012, Kirstie Ennis was on her second tour as a helicopter door gunner in Afghanistan when her chopper crashed. She lost her left leg, sustained spinal injuries and brain trauma, and had extensive facial lacerations. Four years and 43 surgeries later, she took her first step. “It was the moment I knew it was going to be OK,” she says.
Ennis, now 28, didn’t grow up as an outdoor athlete; she played team sports as a kid. But after her recovery she started climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, and mountaineering near her home in Glenwood Springs, Colorado—anything to get away from hospitals and pain meds. She spent hours welding and tinkering with prosthetics to better suit her increasingly ambitious goals. In 2017, she decided to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (climbing all Seven Summits and reaching the North and South Poles), in addition to swimming the English Channel, biking the 3,084-mile Great Divide route, and running a marathon on all seven continents in seven days. All by 2022. “These endurance feats aren’t being done by the adaptive community, because the prosthetics don’t exist,” Ennis says. “The design of my mountain-bike leg took ages before I came up with a system that worked.” There’s also a lack of role models, she says. Ennis wants to fix both problems.
She has already climbed Aconcagua, Carstensz Pyramid, Mount Elbrus, and Kilimanjaro. In May, she was on Everest, just 650 feet from the summit when she made the call to turn around. Her team members were running out of supplemental oxygen, and she wasn’t going to leave them behind. “It wasn’t lining up,” she says, “and there’s no dollar amount that’s worth death. I’ll scrape my pennies together and do it again.”
Wasfia Nazreen (born 27 October 1982) is a Bangladeshi mountaineer, activist, social worker, and writer. She is the first Bangladeshi and first Bengali to complete the Seven Summits on 18 November 2015. National Geographic recognized Nazreen as one of their Adventurers of the Year.
She was selected in honour of her activism and commitment to empowering women through her work in the field of adventure.
She was named by OUTSIDE as one of 40 women in the last 40 years who have advanced and challenged the outdoor world through their leadership, innovation, and athletic feats.
Tashi and Nungshi Malik (born 21 June 1991) are the first siblings and twins to climb the Seven Summits and reach the North and South Poles, complete the Adventures Grand Slam, and Three Poles Challenge. They have won several awards including the Nari Shakti Puraskar in 2020. This is the highest award for women in India and 15 women shared 12 awards that year.
The Malik sisters trained at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in 2010. On Sunday, 19 May 2013, they scaled Mount Everest, becoming the first twin sisters to do so. They were joined at the summit by Samina Baig and they placed the flags of India and Pakistan together to symbolize peace.
Samina Khayal Baig (born 19 September 1990) is a high-altitude mountaineer who became the first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest on 19 May 2013. She was joined by Indian twin girls Tashi and Nungshi Malik in climbing Everest and they together perched national flags of India and Pakistan side-by-side atop the peak to spread a message of Indo-Pakistani friendship and peace.
Baig has climbed the Seven Summits, and is also the first to climb the peak Chashkin Sar (above 6,000 meters) in Pakistan 2010, which was later renamed Samina Peak after her.
In an interview with her brother before the ascent; Baig also stated that the expedition was a demonstration of gender equality. Samina’s brother Mirza Ali, stopped approximately 248m short from the summit of Everest to let his sister summit on her own without his support, to present a message of female empowerment in Pakistan.
Brent Lakatos (born 1 June 1980) is a Canadian wheelchair racer in the T53 classification. Lakatos has represented Canada at three Summer Paralympics, and at the 2012 Games he won three silver medals in the sprint and mid-distance events. In 2013 Lakatos reached the pinnacle of his sport when he collected four gold medals at the IPC Athletics World Championships and became world champion at his classification in the 100m, 200m and 400m events.
Although Lakatos had taken part in racing events during the summer months since 1996, he did not initially take to athletics and was far more interested in wheelchair basketball, playing for the University of Texas. Eight months before the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, Lakatos decided to switch sports permanently to wheelchair racing.
Brent Lakatos concluded a tough 2019 season in brilliant fashion with two gold medals and one silver at the IPC World Championships. Lakatos posted victories in the 100m and 800m and added a silver in the 400m.
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T. E. Lawrence
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, awake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it a reality.”
those who inspire