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14 Eight-Thousanders

From public information 12 men have walked on The Moon, all US astronauts from the Apollo Program missions in comparison to the 15 which have summits the highest 14 peaks of the world more than 8,000 meters or 26,247 feet high without the aid of supplemental oxygen. These are known as the eight-thousanders.       All 15 without use of supplemental oxygen including (year born) and nationality; Reinhold Messner (1944) Italy Italian Erhard Loretan (1959 Switzerland Swiss Juanito…

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Volcanic Seven Summits

The Volcanic Seven Summits are the highest volcanoes on each of the seven continents. Just as the Seven Summits are the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. The summits must be an actual eruptive volcanic center, not merely made of volcanic rocks which were uplifted by other geological processes. In addition, a topographic prominence of at least 1,000 feet is required, so that the list includes only genuine volcanic mountains and not minor…

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World Notables

“Why? Why climb mountains?” No answer is complete or satisfactory. Perhaps there is no single answer; perhaps each climber must have his own reasons for such an effort. The answer cannot be simple; it is compounded of such elements as the great beauty of clear cold air, of colors beyond the ordinary, of the lure of unknown regions beyond the rim of experience. The pleasure of physical fitness, the pride of conquering a steep and…

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World Highpoints

How Many Countries are in the World? Now that is a question that’s somewhat difficult to answer, as there is no one right answer. Many sources offer different answers, and depending on the source. The US State Department recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but that list of countries reflects the political agenda of the United States of America. Whatever the answer we can guarantee no one has climbed them all… From Grossglockner in…

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