Climbing the Seven Summits
About 350 mountaineers have climbed all "Seven Summits"—the highest peak on each of the seven continents. The first was Dick Bass, an American businessman, on April 30, 1985.
|Continent||Mountain||Country and/or location||Height|
|South America ||Mt. Aconcagua||Argentina||22,834||6,960|
|North America||Mt. McKinley (Denali)||United States, Alaska||20,320||6,194|
|Africa||Mt. Kilimanjaro ||Tanzania||19,340||5,995|
|Europe || Elbrus ||Russia/Georgia|| 18,510||5,642|
|Antarctica||Vinson Massif||Ellsworth Mts.||16,066||4,897|
1. Some climbers believe that the true Seven Summits should include Carstensz Pyramid (16,023 ft.) in Irian Jaya, Indonesia, rather than Australia's Kosciusko. Carstensz is the highest summit in Australia/Oceania, but strictly speaking, Oceania is not a continent.
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