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.
Standing in at 5895 meters (19,340 feet), Mt. 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.