Over the next few years, I'll attempt to summit the tallest mountain on each continent to raise funds and awareness for IJM. Only ~340 people have completed the Seven Summits. Partner with me by contributing to IJM each time I go on an expedition!

*Note: expeditions are not funded by donations

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Mt. Elbrus, Russia (Europe)

Expedition Date: July 2015 (completed)

Elevation: 18,510'

Summary: Mt. Elbrus is located in the Caucasus mountain range in Russia, close to the borders of Georgia and Armenia. It is an inactive volcano that last erupted two thousand years ago. The mountain is surrounded by alpine pastures, coniferous forests, and fertile valleys to the north, east, and south. Mt. Elbrus is an arduous climb with serious weather. Although it isn't technically demanding, its summit day of roughly 5,700 feet elevation gain is one of the longest and most taxing on the Seven Summits circuit. (excerpt, Climbing the Seven Summits, M.Hammill)

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Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (Africa)

Expedition date: Fall 2017

Elevation: 19,341'

Summary: Kili and sits 200 miles south of the equator in Tanzania. An inactive volcano, scientist predict that all the glaciers on Kili will be gone by 2030-2050. It is not a particularly difficult mountain to climb, but do not underestimate the altitude and cold! (excerpt, Climbing the Seven Summits, M.Hammill)

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Cerro Aconcagua, ARGENTINA (S. America)

Expedition Date: Fall 2017 (preliminary)

Elevation: 22,838'

Summary: The tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere, also called the "Stone Sentinel", towers above all other mountains in the Andes Range. It is also the tallest mountain outside of the Himalaya (home to Mt. Everest). The highlands of Argentina are similar in climate and feel to Tibet. In fact, parts of the film Seven Years In Tibet were filmed in the Horcones Valley, south of Aconcagua. Filmmakers recreated a traditional Tibetan city that reportedly made Tibetan refugee extras weep because of its resemblance to their homeland. (excerpt, Climbing the Seven Summits, M.Hammill)

 Vinson Massif (Antarctica)   Expedition Date:  2018 (preliminary)   Elevation:  16,050'   Summary : Antarctica is truly the last frontier. At 5.4m sq ft, the continent of ice and rock is larger than Europe. It has no government, no permanent population, is not ruled by a single country, and is the only continent without an indigenous population. It is the coldest continent on Earth. Mt. Vinson is a serious climb, one that requires sound cold-weather management skills and patience.  (excerpt, Climbing the Seven Summits, M.Hammill)

Vinson Massif (Antarctica)

Expedition Date: 2018 (preliminary)

Elevation: 16,050'

Summary: Antarctica is truly the last frontier. At 5.4m sq ft, the continent of ice and rock is larger than Europe. It has no government, no permanent population, is not ruled by a single country, and is the only continent without an indigenous population. It is the coldest continent on Earth. Mt. Vinson is a serious climb, one that requires sound cold-weather management skills and patience. (excerpt, Climbing the Seven Summits, M.Hammill)

MT Everest (Asia)

Expedition Date: 2019 (preliminary)

Elevation: 29,029'

Summary: Everest is one of the most iconic symbols in the world. As the tallest mountain on Earth, Everest is the crowning achievement of the Seven Summits. Mt. Everest lies on the border of Tibet (China) and Nepal in the heart of the Himalayan mountain chain. Sherpa inhabit the Khumbu Valley, which lies on the south side of Everest, and have played a crucial role in the success of almost all Everest expeditions. Door-to-door, Everest requires about two months to complete, making it one of the most mentally toughest climbs in the world. (excerpt, Climbing the Seven Summits, M.Hammill)

DENALI (N. AMERICA)

Expedition Date: 2019 (preliminary)

Elevation: 20,322'

Summary: Denali means 'the Great One' and towers almost 18,000' above the surrounding tundra, giving it more vertical rise than Mt. Everest. Denali has the worst weather in the world, just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Denali is also known to be the most physically challenging of the Seven Summits, as it is a true 'alpine-style' expedition without the assistance of porters or animals to transport food, supplies, and gear. Crevasse hazard is higher on Denali than on any other of the Seven Summits, except for the Khumbu Icefall on Everest. (excerpt, Climbing the Seven Summits, M.Hammill)
 

Carstensz pyramid, indonesia (oceana)

Expedition Date: 2020 (preliminary)

Elevation: 16,024'

Summary: Carstenz Pyramid (locally named Puncak Jaya) entails the most consistently steep and technical climbing of all the Seven Summits. Fun fact: some native tribes in Papua still practice cannibalism. The Dani, while not cannibals, maintain a traditional and primitive way of life more than any other culture experienced in the Seven Summit circuit. The culture is what makes Carstensz such a unique and adventurous experience. (excerpt, Climbing the Seven Summits, M.Hammill)