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Climb the Seven Summits
The seven summits challenge has captured the imagination of many, it has given a focus to mountaineers worldwide, to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents. Anyone can start the challenge on the easier non-technical peaks of Kilimanjaro, Elbrus and Aconcagua whilst developing the resilience and skills to tackle the cold peaks of Mt Vinson on Antarctica and Denali (Mt. McKinley) in North America. The final two include Carstensz Pyramid, a technical rock summit on the island of Papua and finally the ultimate prize Everest, the summit of Asia and the highest point in the world.
2011 - George Atkinson
- 2011 Seven Summits World Records
- Aged 6 he climbed Northern Ireland’s highest mountain; Slieve Donard.
- At 7 he scaled the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdonia)
- At 11 he climbed Kilimanjaro.
- At 13, he conquered Europe’s highest peak; Russia’s 5,642m Mount Elbrus.
- In 2008, he summited Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m) then going on to climb South America’s highest Peak Aconcagua (6,962m).
- Aged 15 he summited Mount McKinley (6,194m) in North America.
- In 2011 he conquered Mount Vinson (4,897m) in Antarctica.
At 16 years of age, in 2011, George Atkinson summited Mount Everest (8,848m) giving him the world record for the youngest person ever to complete the Seven Summits and the youngest Brit to summit Everest ... with our support. NOTE: In the same year Geordie Stewart age 22 broke the same record with ‘Adventure Peaks’ (shortly before George Atkinson !! He only retained the Seven Summits title for one hour)
The second seven summits. We helped Andy Collins move closer to this a world first….the second seven summits, amazingly these are technically very difficult peaks. They are the second highest summits on each continent, he has now completed: K2 (Asia), Ojos del Salado (South America), Dykh Tau (Europe), Mt Logan (North America), Mt. Kenya (Africa). Adventure Peaks now looks forward to helping Andy with the final two Ngga Pulu (Australasia) and Mt Tyree (Antarctica).
Paul Taylor: “Completing the Seven Summits! Me! Never gave it a thought, not at least until I’d summited Kili and then Aconcagua. By the time I’d climbed McKinley, I was hooked! The countries, the people you meet, the depth of experience of the leaders who give you the best shot at the summit. Doing all seven in the first seven attempts? Unbelievable! Luck? Maybe. Determination? Definitely . Fitness? Of course. Beats going to the gym any day!”
A World Record: Dave Pritt guided Ian McKeever to a new world record for the quickest ascent of the seven summits in 156 days! The previous record was 187 days.
- Mt Vinson Jan 26th
- Aconcagua Feb 12th
- Kilimanjaro Mar 5th
- Carstensz Pyramid Mar 17th
- Everest May 16th
- Elbrus May 28th
- Denali July 1st
Also In 2007
Grania Willis - first Irish woman to climb Carstensz Pyramid Sibusio Vilane - first South African to climb Carstensz Pyramid.
In 2006 - New British Record - Rob Gauntlet and James Hooper.
For the second consecutive year Adventure Peaks put the youngest British Climbers on the Summit of Everest. In 2006 this was Rob Gauntlet and James Hooper both aged 19 years. It is important to approach such challenges in a sensible manner and gain the relevant experience and technical capability. Previously Rob and James had climbed Ama Dablam.
In 2005 British and World Record
In 2005 Adventure Peaks helped Jake Meyer to become the youngest Britain to Summit Mt Everest at the age of 21 and the youngest male in the World to scale the ‘Seven Summits’
Jake says: ‘For over two months we waited patiently, hoping, praying for a break in the weather. Then, on the 1st June, we left our Advanced Base Camp at 6400m, for a 3 day ‘dash’ to the summit. 70 hours later I stood on the top of the world. The final assault was unimaginably hard, both mentally and physically. Somehow, due to the strength of my leader and our Sherpas, and drawing on an inner strength that I never knew existed, I managed to surmount the multitude of hindrances and obstacles. At 6.30am on the 4th June 2005 I became the youngest Britain to climb Everest and the youngest male in the World to scale the Seven Summits’
‘To Dave and everyone at Adventure Peaks, thank you so much for such an amazing trip; I feel on top of the world!’