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.
Carstenz Pyramid, with Peter, George and Alexander Hillary – setting out for the heights.
Who doesn’t want to wander through Red Square en-route to Elbrus? Who wouldn’t want to have the excitement of flying on an Ilyushin-76 from Puenta Arenas, Chile to Antarctica – with a friend summing it up with – ‘I’m not even there yet and I want to come back.”
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.
Ed 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.