Seven Summits Challenge + Poles

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Adventure Peaks have been helping mountaineers achieve The Seven Summits since 2003. It is a 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.

In 2014 – The Seven Summits Challenge and 2 Poles

7 summit and 2 Poles – Adventure Peaks successfully organised the grand slam of all nine for Sebastian Merriman to become the 5th Brit and 38th person in the world to complete this amazing challenge in just over twelve months.

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 reached the summit 0f Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m) then went on to climb South America’s highest Peak Aconcagua (6,962m).
  • Aged 15 he went on to summit Mount McKinley (6,194m) in North America.
  • In 2011 he conquered Mount Vinson (4,892m) in Antarctica.
  • At 16 years of age, in 2011, George Atkinson reached the summit of 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 2011 Geordie Stewart aged 22 also broke the same record with Adventure Peaks (shortly before George Atkinson !! He only retained the Seven Summits title for one hour)

In 2010

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 and 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).

In 2009 – 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!”

In 2007 a World Record

In 2007 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 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 Briton to climb Everest and the youngest male in the World to scale the Seven Summits’

The Poles

Skiing to the North and South Poles captures the essence of polar exploration in just two weeks! You don’t need to commit to a full-length expedition; the journey begins at 89° where you and your sled are dropped by ski aircraft for the 111km journey. The landscapes are vast, harsh and unforgiving which adds to the beauty and adventure. You don’t need to be an expert skier as it is similar to walking with skis, but a high level of fitness is required. Complete this challenge to stand at the most southerly or northerly point on Earth.

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