Seven Summits

I began my quest to summit the highest peaks in each continent when I lived in Washington State prior to understanding what it really meant achieve it.

Climbing the North Cascades seemed to quench my mountaineering spirit even though I had a vision to complete the Seven Summits. Only until I arrived in sunny California thought to be a mistake by a few close friends, little did I know but this is when I would drive the quest.

Kilimanjaro: 19,340′, Africa – Completed In 2010

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa at 19,340 feet. It is located in Tanzania and part of the Kilimanjaro National Park. Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”. It is part of the Seven Summits making it a popular destination for many.

Mt Elbrus: 18,510′, Europe – Competed July 2013

Mount Elbrus is the highest peak in Russia at 18,510 feet in elevation and one of the Seven Summits. It is part of the Caucasus Range near the border of Georgia, a country at the intersection of Europe and Asia. Mount Elbrus is the tenth most prominent mountain in the world and a dormant volcano with its last eruption said to have been 15-17 centuries ago.

Aconcagua: 22,841′, South America – Completed Jan 2015

Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside of Asia at 22,831 feet. It is located in Argentina in the Andes mountain range with the summit located about 3 miles from the international border of Chile. It is one of the Seven Summits, highest in South America and in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also one of the most sought after in the seven-thousand meter circuit. The mountain was created by the subduction of plates; but it is not a volcano. Although the effects of altitude are severe with only 40% of the air at sea-level at the summit, the use of supplemental oxygen is not common.

Denali: 20,320′, North America – Expedition to West Buttress Ridge In 2011, Expedition June 2016

In the Alaska Range with its rugged chain of peaks, it is home to the most impressive mountains in North America. Denali, standing at 20,310′, is the highest mountain in North America and one of the World’s Seven Summits. It is surrounded by massive glaciers and peaks only 300 miles South of the Arctic Circle and 200 miles East of the Bearing Sea making weather a difficult adversary. Denali offers some of the largest vertical gain of any mountain on Earth with base camp starting after a flight onto the glacier at 7,200 feet.

Mt. Everest: 29,035′, Asia – Survey Expedition Scheduled April 2017 to Everest Base Camp and Lobuche East at 20,075. Planning 2018 / 2019 expedition

The highest mountain on Earth is also known as Sagarmāthā in Nepal. It is part of the Mahalangur mountain range in both Nepal and Tibet, with an elevation if 29,029 feet above sea level. Everest’s summit borders between two countries, China and Nepal.  Check out link to 2017 expedition Survey Expedition Scheduled April 2017 to Everest Base Camp and Lobuche East at 20,075 feet.

Kosciusko 7,313′, Australia – Scheduled Summer 2017

Mount Kosciuszko in New South Wales is the highest peak in Australia at 7,310 feet. It is located in Kosciuszko National Park and one of the Seven Summits, the highest points in each continent. The Australian Alps contain Australia’s only peaks exceeding 6,600 feet in elevation.

Vinson Massif: 16,067′, Antarctica – Planning 2017 / 2018

Vinson Massif is part of the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains in the Antarctica. It’s the highest peak on the continent at 16,067 feet and part of the Seven Summits. Vinson Massif is a mass of rock and ice on the most remote continent on Earth making it also the coldest of the Seven Summits, ironically having the lowest snowfall with high winds. Planning has begun for a expedition to Vinson Massif in the 2017 / 2018 season. Transportation is key thus a introduction email sent in July 2016 to Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions LLC (ALE) whom offers air transportation, logistic support and emergency response for those venturing to the interior of Antarctica. They are the largest and most experienced commercial flight and logistic providers on the continent.

Carstensz Pyramid: 16,023′, Oceania – Planning 2019

Puncak Jaya also known as Cartensz Pyramid is the highest mountain in Indonesia at 16,024 feet above sea level and the highest on the island of New Guinea in the Suridiman Range. It’s considered to some the highest on the continent of Australia/Oceania, not Mount Kosciuszko creating controversy on what should be included as the Seven Summits. This has divided some mountaineers into two separate groups when completing the quest.