So what's it all about?

 

Without wanting to insult your intelligence, the 7 summits consist of the highest mountain on each of the 7 continents. There are a couple of variations depending on your view of what constitutes a continent, namely the ‘Bass version’ or the ‘Messner version’.

The 7 summits were first completed by Richard ‘Dick’ Bass in 1985, his version being with Kosciuszko in Australia whilst Reinhold Messner completed the 7 with Carstensz Pyramid instead. Since Dick first completed the 7 another 416 mountaineers from across the globe have followed in his or Messner’s footsteps.

The stats and facts:

  • 416 mountaineers from 61 countries

  • 72 women in total

  • 36 Brits

  • 9 British women – I will hopefully be the 10th (keep your fingers crossed!)

 
 On the summit of Denali, 2017

On the summit of Denali, 2017

 

MESSNER 7 SUMMITS

I am attempting to complete the Messner version which is detailed below:

 
 

Mountain

Mt Everest
Aconcagua
Denali
Kilimanjaro
Elbrus
Carstensz Pyramid
Mt Vinson

Height

8848m
6962m
6190m
5895m
5642m
4884m
4892m
 

Continent

Asia
South America
North America
Africa
Europe
Australasia
Antartica
 

Completed / Attempting

C - 19th May 2016
C - 27th December 2011
C - 20th June 2017
C - 23rd October 2008
C - 22nd July 2015
A - In the next 12 months
A - In the next 12 months

 
 Mt Everest summit selfie!

Mt Everest summit selfie!

 7 Summits training in the Pyrenees.

7 Summits training in the Pyrenees.

 

For any mountain that I have climbed it has always been for the mountain itself rather than the number or perceived honour obtained and for their own unique challenge rather than having the 7 summits in my sights however the challenge is now on.

For more information on the 7 summits please head to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Summits

So why the 7?


Like everything in life each mountain has its own challenges and to me, each is special in its own right. Everest for its sheer size, Carstensz Pyramid for the jungle/heat/bugs/rain, Vinson for the remoteness, Denali for the gnarly weather, Aconcagua for the changeable conditions, Elbrus for the big summit day (on the route that I did) and Kilimanjaro because it was my first (and I thought only).

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