The Seven Summits

Mount Elbrus

Standing in at 5642 meters (18,512 feet), Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe. It lies in the Caucasus mountain range in Southern Russia, near the border with Georgia. The first ascent of the summit took place in July 1874 by an English climber, Crauford Grove, and a Swiss guide, Peter Knubel. I made the ascent via the South Route, personally dedicating the summit to SOS Children’s Village Moscow, an organization located in the district of Tomilino, Russia that provides support to the local children and their families.

Aconcagua

Standing in at the 6962 meters (22,829 feet), Aconcagua is the highest mountain on the South American continent and the highest outside of the Himalayas. It sits within Argentina near the border with Chile. Even though there are many non-technical routes to its summit, Aconcagua’s sheer scale, and bad weather can account for many problems while climbing. The first recorded summit in modern history was in 1897, by Swiss climber Matthias Zurbriggen. I made the ascent via the Polish Glacier Traverse Route, personally dedicating the summit to Quinta Betel – a remote children’s home at the base of the Andes that provides support to the local children and their families.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Standing in at 5895 meters (19,340 feet), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the Africa continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It lies in Tanzania on the eastern side of the continent, close to the equator. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro allows you to experience 5 major climatic zones, from hot and arid equatorial conditions at the base, to arctic conditions at the summit. It was first conquered in 1889 by German geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian mountaineer Ludwig Purtscheller. I made the ascent via the Marangu Route, personally dedicating the summit to Stella Maris English Medium Primary – a school located in Moshi, Tanzania that provides education to the underprivileged children of the local villages.

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