So what are the 7 summits?
Well, the 7 summits are the 7 highest mountains on each continent and summiting them is no joke. There are few (if any) mountaineering accomplishments more impressive than successfully climbing them. It takes years, if not decades to complete the feat. It’s a huge dream of lots of climbers, adventurers and explorers to summit the highest point on each continent in their lifetime.
While everyone agrees that the Seven Summits are the highest peaks on each continent, there’s some controversy as to which peaks should be included on the list. The debate centers around the boundaries of some continents, and whether or not it should be the tallest mountain in all of Oceania or just Australia.
Two most popular versions of the Seven Summits contain most of the same peaks, with one exception. The Bass list, named for American climber Dick Bass, who completed the summits in April 1985, includes Australia’s Mount Kosciuszko.
Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Vinson, Elbrus, Kosciuszko (the Bass version)
There’s also the Messner list, completed by legendary alpinist Reinhold Messner just a year and a half later, which replaces Kosciuszko with Carstensz Pyramid, the highest peak on the Australasian continent.
Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Vinson, Elbrus, Puncak Jaya (the Messner version)
**Richard Bass the first 7 Summiter, choose Australia as one of the 7 continents and Kosciuszko as it’s mainland high point. However Canadian Pat Morrow, who was competing with Bass to finish the 7, challenged Bass’s summit of Australia’s Mt. Kosciuszko as the highest peak in Oceania saying that Carstensz Pyramid on Irian Jaya (Papua) in Indonesia’s New Guinea was the true highpoint for the Australasian continental mass. Italian Reinhold Messner jumped in and agreed with Morrow. Today Carstensz is considered one of the seven but some 7 Summiteers try to bag the lower Kosciuszko to meet both the Bass and the Messner lists. Of the 416, 7 Summiters, 148 have summited both Carstensz and Kosciuszko.
So I guess if anyone want to cover all angles here is the list:
1. Everest, Nepal – 29,035’/8850m
2.Aconcagua, Argentina 22,902’/6960m
3.Denali, Alaska – 20,320’/6194m
4.Kilimanjaro, Africa – 19,340’/5896m
5.Elbrus, Russia – 18,513’/5642m
6.Vinson, Antarctica – 16,067’/4897m
7.Carstensz Pyramid, New Guinea – 16,023’/4884m
8.Blanc, France/Italy – 15,771’/4807m
9.Kosciuszko, Australia – 7,310’/2228m
Life is short. Right….
The only way to achieve big things is to set big goals,To put the my country’s name in the arena of world mountaineering and make the people of the county proud these 7 summits are something that I’ve set as my new goal. so let’s give it a crack and have a look at the 7 Summits and what they represent.
In order of height: