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Famous Seven Summit Climbers

Updated on October 22, 2011

A summit is a word given to extremely high and elevated mountain peaks. The seven summits of the world however are defined as the seven highest mountain peaks in each of the seven continents of the world.

Although it is possible for another summit in one continent to be higher than the highest summit of another continent, the seven summits in general are seven highest mountain peaks of the world but in a random order.

Following are the seven highest peaks of the seven continents of the world:


The highest summit of the continent Asia is without a doubt the Mt.Everest. Not only in Asia, but the Mount Everest is also the highest mountain peak of the world.

This highly elevated mountain peak belongs to the Himalayan Ranges in Asia and is located on the border between Nepal, Tibet and China. The elevation of this mount is 8848m.

Mount Elbrus
Mount Elbrus


The highest summit of Europe is the Mount Elbrus. It is present in the Caucasus Range of Russia. It stands tall at the elevation of 5642m.


The highest summit of Africa is the Mount Kilimanjaro. The elevation of this mountain peak is 5893 meters. It is one the fourth highest of the seven summits.


The highest summit of Australia is the Puncak Jaya with an elevation of 4844m.

Mount McKinley
Mount McKinley
Mount Aconcagua
Mount Aconcagua

North America

The highest summit of the North America is the Mount McKinley present in the Alaska Range of the United States. The elevation of this mount is 6194 m.

South America

The highest summit of South America is the Aconcagua of the Andes Range. Its elevation is 6962m.


The highest summit of Antartica is the Vinson Massif of the Ellsworth Mountains. Its elevation is 4892m.

Location of The Seven Summits
Location of The Seven Summits

Some Famous Climbers of Seven Summits

Patrick Morrow

Patrick Morrow was born on 18th October 1952. This Canadian photographer and mountain climber became successful in climbing all the seven summits of the world. His first attempt was on the Mount McKinley of North America in 1977.

After that there was nothing that could stop this tremendous mountaineer. He climbed the Mt.Everest in 1982, in 1983 he climbed not one but two of the summits namely the Elbrus of Europe and Mount Kilimanjaro of Africa. He climbed the Vinson Massif in 1985 and the Puncak Jaya of Australia in 1986.

The Puncak Jaya peak in the Australian Continent.
The Puncak Jaya peak in the Australian Continent.

Richard Bass

Richard Bass is the first person ever to climb the seven summits of the world. He was born in Oklahoma in 1929 but moved to Texas in 1932.

He served the US army in his youth and returned to Texas in 1953 and dedicated his remaining life in the name of adventure. In 1985 he became the first person to climb all the seven summits; he also became the oldest climber in the history to achieve this.

Mount Everest
Mount Everest

Samantha Larson

Samantha Larson was born in 1988 and is the world’s youngest climber to climb all the seven summits of the world.

In 2007 at the age of 18 she became the youngest person to climb the Mount Everest.

This young lady started the journey of the seven summits with her father in 2001 when they both climbed the Mount Kilimanjaro.

At that time she was only 12. She with her tremendous spirit and determination has inspired many young climbers throughout the world and is considered as one of the greatest young climbers of all time.

Kit DesLauriers

Kit DesLauriers is an American Skier and is the first person ever to ski down the seven summits of the world. She started her journey in 2004 from the Mount McKinley of North America.

Her journey continued and in 2005 she skied down the Mount Elbrus, the Mount Vinson Massif and the Mount Aconcagua. In 2006 she descended the Mount Kilimanjaro of Africa and the Mount Everest.

Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

Christian Stangl

Christian Stangl is an Austrian climber. This record breaking climber climbed all the seven summits between 2002 and 2007.

This great man managed to climb all the seven summits alone and without the aid of oxygen. He also has the record ascent time of climbing a summit in 58 hours and 45 minutes.


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