Infographic: 7 Summits Of The World
Infographic: 7 Summits Of The World
“The best views come after the hardest climbs”
Legends have been created and tales have been told about the most majestic of mountains. Until recently, adventurous mountaineers gave life to these stories and set examples for the world to see. ‘Seven Summits’ is the name given to the highest points on the seven continents of the world. We’ve featured 9 peaks, including the controversial Mt. Blanc and Mt. Kosciuszko.
As a mountain-bagging pursuit, the Seven Summits were first conquered by Dick Bass and Frank Wells, in 1985. With over 300 people having reached the Seven Summits, conquering them remains an elusive, yet attainable goal. Each summit has its own unique challenge.
Take your pick from among the 9 highest peaks of the world. Mount Blanc and Mount Kosciuszko also feature in the list as not everyone considers these mountains a difficult hike, and is easy to summit!
Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania -Africa
Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is the highest mountain on the African continent. This dormant volcano in Tanzania rises approximately 4,900 m from its base above the jungle plains and has an excellent ascent. The first to ascent Kilimanjaro was Ludwig Purtscheller and Hans Meyer in 1889.
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Mount Everest also known in Nepal as Sagarmatha, is Earth’s highest mountain. Its peak is 8,848 m above sea level and attracts many experienced mountaineers. The Everest was first summited by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.
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Mont Blanc, France-Italy-Switzerland(Europe)
Mont Blanc, which means ‘White Mountain’ is the highest mountain in the Alps and the second highest mountain in Europe after the Caucasus peaks. It rises 4,808 m above sea level and is popular for mountaineering, hiking, skiing and snowboarding. The first to ascent Mont Blanc was Jacques Balmat and Michael Gabriel-Paccard in 1786.
Mount Elbrus, Russia
Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Russia and tenth-most prominent peak in the world. With an elevation of up to 5,642 m, Mount Elbrus was formed more than 2.5 Million years ago. The first to ascent this mighty mountain were Florence Crauford Grove, Frederick Gardener, Horace Walker in 1874.
Mount Denali, Alaska-North America
Denali, also known as Mount Mckinley, is the highest mountain in North America with a summit elevation of 6,190 m. The third most isolated peak after Everest and Aconcagua, Denali was first summited by Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens, Walter Harper, and Robert Tatum in 1913.
Mount Vinson, Antartica
Vinson also known as Vinson Massif is 4,892 m high. The highest peak in Antartica, it was first summited by Nicholas Cinch and party in 1966.
Mount Aconcagua, Argentina-South America
Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside Asia and is 6,961 m tall. Located in the Andes mountain range, Aconcagua is a challenge to climb. Matthias Zurbriggen was the first to ascent Aconcagua in 1897.
Mount Kosciuszko, Australia
Mount Kosciuszko located in the Main Range of the Snowy Mountains in Kosciuszko National Park. With a height of 2,228 m, Kosciuszko is the highest mountain in mainland Australia. Paweł Edmund Strzelecki was the first man to summit the mountain in 1840.
Puncak Jaya, New Guinea-Oceania
Puncak Jaya or Carstensz Pyramid as it is popularly known, is the highest summit of Mount Carstensz. At 4,884, Puncak Jaya is the highest mountain in Indonesia. In 1936 this mighty mountain was first summited by by Colijn, Dozy, and Wissels.
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