The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each of the Seven Continents.
Geordie decided to set his sights on this ambitious venture when he was 17 and had no climbing experience.
The Seven Summits consists of:
– South America: Aconcagua (6,962m/22,841ft) – Summited 13 Feb 2008
– Africa: Kilimanjaro (5,895m/19,341ft) – Summited 5 May 2008
– Europe: Elbrus (5,642m/18,510ft) – Summited 18 August 2008
– North America: Denali (6,190m/20,310ft) – Summited 8 July 2009
– Antarctica: Vinson Massif (4,892m/16,050ft) – Summited 27 December 2010
– Australasia/Oceania: Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m/16,024ft) – Summited 6 March 2011
– Asia: Everest (8,848m/29,029ft) – Summited 26 May 2011
I lied on my application form to attempt Aconcagua. It is the highest mountain outside the Himalayas and some previous high altitude experience was a pre-requisite – it is a logical step up from Kilimanjaro but at just under 7000m is an undertaking that should not be underestimated.