“Because it’s there” – George Mallory

Those are the famous three words that George Mallory spoke when he was questioned why did he want to climb Mount Everest. Sadly, he died with all of his fellow partner while climbing what we called the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.

While George Mallory died with all of his attempts, yet his famous three words carry out all of human curiosity of summit attempts. Summit attempts nowadays becomes of mountaineering obsession. They will not satisfy until they reach the highest. It becomes not just personal achievement, but also personal pride. They will not stop until they reach the summit, whatever the risk they take. It all started by a simple three words. “Because it’s there”.

One of the greatest challenge of all is summiting The Seven Summits of the world. The Seven Summits are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. It was first Popularize by Richard Bass in the 1980s. He was the first person to summit all of the seven summits around the world.

These Seven Summits include :

  • Vinson Massif (4,892 metres) – Antartica
  • Denali  (6,194 metres) – North America
  • Aconcagua (6,962 metres) – South America
  • Cartenz Pyramid (4,884 metres) – Oceania
  • Elbrus (5,642 metres) – Europe
  • Kilimanjaro (5,892 metres) – Africa
  • Everest (8,848 metres) – Asia

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Vinson Massif (4,892 metres) – Antartica

Vinson Massif was first founded in 1958 by US Navy Aircraft. Named for Carl G Vinson, a Georgia congressman and a major force in 20th century US Antarctic exploration, it was first climbed in December 1966 by a combined group from the American Alpine Club and the National Science Foundation. Up til beginning of 2005 about 950 people have summited Mt Vinson.



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Denali  (6,194 metres) – North America

Once called Mount Mckinley, but then it changed to Denali by the The State of Alaska Board of Geographic Names to preserve its immemorial native name. Denali means “The High One” in the Native Americans. Denali holds  the records of one of the coldest mountain in the world. In winter, it can reach about−59.7 °C. Even in summer, the temperature is still shockingly freezing reaching up to −30.5 °C.

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Aconcagua (6,962 metres) – South America

Located in the Andes Mountain Range, Aconcagua is technically as an easy mountain if approached from the north, via the normal route. Despite of that, it is often underestimated which has resulted in serious injuries and death. The origins of the name “Aconcagua” is still a discused until now. But many belief that “Aconcagua” named comes from the language Aimara, in which the words “Acon” and “Cagua” would mean “Snowy Mount”. The youngest person to reach the summit of Aconcagua was Matthew Moniz of Boulder, Colorado. He was 11 years old when he reached the summit on December 16, 2008.



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Cartenz Pyramid (4,884 metres) – Oceania

Located in Papua Province, Indonesia, Cartenz Pyramid is a steep granite wall with sharp good climbable rock. Only a few hundred people have climbed Carstensz due to the political instability and the fact that it is hidden in dense jungle. The names come from it’s discoverer, Jan Carstensz. Today, the uniquely glacier is threatened by the effect of global warming. Scientist predict that it’s completely gone in 4 or 5 years from now.

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Elbrus (5,642 metres) – Europe

People may say the highest mountain in Europe is Mount Blanc, but it isn’t. It’s not even in the top 5 of Europe. Maybe it’s due to the popularity of Mount Blanc rather than Elbrus. Elbrus has two summits, the west summit is the highest: 5642m, the east summit is just a bit lower: 5621m. Elbrus is notorious for its brutal winter weather.



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Kilimanjaro (5,892 metres) – Africa

Kilimanjaro is an extinct volcano, with 3 peaks: Kibo, Shira & Mawenzi. Kibo is the highest one (5895m) in the center. It is still unknown where the name Kilimanjaro originates. The mountain beauty stands from uniquely glacier that stands in the top of the mountain. But sadly, the glacier in Kilimanjaro has rapidly decrease in years since 1912. It has lost 85 % of the glacier. If this trends continues, there will be no more ice in 2022.

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Everest (8,848 metres) – Asia

The summit of all summits, Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain above the mean sea level at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft). World will remembered when Everest was conquered by Tenzing – Hillary. The highest mountain in the world attracts many well-experienced mountaineers as well as novice climbers who are willing to pay substantial sums to professional mountain guides to complete a successful climb. It is so popular, that by the end of the 2008 climbing season, there had been 4,102 ascents to the summit by about 2,700 individuals.

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Wikiedia.org

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