The Seven Summits represent the highest points on each of the 7 continents. Are you up for this global peak bagging challenge?
There is some debate as to which peaks make up the Seven Summits. The points of contention are Elbrus vs Mont Blanc for Europe and Kosciuszko vs Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid) in Australia/Oceania. Due to this debate, there are four possible lists of the main Seven Summits that could potentially include 9 peaks (Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Mont Blanc, Puncak Jaya, Vinson, Kosciuszko).
Reinhold Messner and Dick Bass compiled the most recognized lists of the 7 Summits:
- Messner’s List: Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Puncak Jaya, Vinson
- Bass’ List: Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Kosciuszko, Vinson
Which list of the Seven Summits you choose to pursue is up to you. Add in all of the nine potential peaks and you’ll have lots of bragging rights.
Seven Summits Map:
(Only the peaks included on the Messner and Bass lists are included. The pinpoints may not be 100% accurate.)
Seven Summits List:
|1||Everest||8848 m / 29029 ft||8848 m / 29029 ft||Himalaya||China/Nepal||Asia||1953|
|2||Aconcagua||6961 m / 22838 ft||6961 m / 22838 ft||Andes||Argentina||South America||1897|
|3||Denali||6194 m / 20322 ft||6144 m / 20157 ft||Alaska Range||United States||North America||1913|
|4||Kilimanjaro||5895 m / 19341 ft||5885 m / 19308 ft||-||Tanzania||Africa||1889|
|5||Elbrus||5642 m / 18510 ft||4741 m / 15554 ft||Caucasus Mountains||Russia||Europe||1874|
|6||Vinson||4892 m / 16050 ft||4892 m / 16050 ft||Sentinel Range||-||Antarctica||1966|
|7||Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid)||4884 m / 16024 ft||4884 m / 16024 ft||Sudirman Range||Indonesia||Oceania||1962|
|8||Kosciuszko||2228 m / 7310 ft||2228 m / 7310 ft||Great Dividing Range||Australia||Australia||1840|
Seven Summits Records
- Dick Bass was the first person to climb all of the 7 Summits on 30 April 1985.
- According to 7Summits.com, over 400 people have tagged all 7 summits.
- Kit DesLauriers was the 1st person to ski from all of the 7 summits.
Have you climbed any of the Seven Summits? Tell us in the comments below.