Explore 7 summits

Since explorers set out to discover the world, driven by an innate human curiosity to discover parts unknown, the 7 continents and the highest peaks have captured our imaginations. 

7 summits, Carstenz Pyramid, Peter HillaryCarstenz Pyramid, with Peter, George and Alexander Hillary – setting out for the heights. Photo: Robert Mads Anderson

Who wouldn’t want to have the excitement of flying from Punta Arenas, Chile to Antarctica – with a friend summing it up with – “

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I’m not even there yet and I want to come back.” Or climbing up into the Valley of Silence, through the Western CWM on Everest as the sun rises over the summit ridge 2,000 meters above you?

Dick Bass completed the 7 summits in 1985, closely followed by Patrick Morrow completing the 8 summits a year later. Ever since they were first climbed, the 7 Summits have always been as much about the cultural journey, traversing the globe and reaching the peaks, as the mountains themselves.

Everest without oxygen, Kangshung Face, Ed Webster, Stephen Venables, Paul TeareEd Webster climbing out of the ‘Jaws of Doom’, Everest Kangshung Face.

And even with many now climbing the standard well-trodden routes, it is and will hopefully always be, a very grand adventure. The 7 Summits allow each of us to experience the world and its magnificent geography, the team we climb with and the people that live in the countries we visit, while personally touching the top of each continent.

Completing a new route on Vinson Massif. Chris Heintz and Intesar Haider topping out on the SW Face and headed for the top of Antarctica. Photo: Robert Mads Anderson

The 7 Summits – all 8 of them: 

Australia, Mt Kosciusko, 2,320 meters, (7,316 feet)

South America, Mt Aconcagua, 6,960 meters, (22,834 feet)

Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, 5,894 meters, (19,340 feet)

North America, Denali, 6,193 meters, (20,320 feet)

Europe, Mt Elbrus, 5,633 meters, (18,482 feet)

Antarctica, Mt Vinson, 5,140 meters, (16,864 feet)

Asia, Mt Everest, 8,848.86 meters, (29,032 feet)

And an added bonus peak:

Oceania, Carstensz Pyramid, 4,884 meters, (16,024 feet)

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