The Seven Summits

where do i start

For those with Seven Summit aspirations, there is a logical progression which enables climbers to build on previously developed skills. This suggested program is economically prudent and considers technical skill level, acclimatization and summit success rates.

Those interested in completing the 7 summits typically climb in the following order:

Stage 1

Kilimanjaro
10 Day Mountaineering School

Stage 2

Mt. Elbrus
Aconcagua

Stage 3

(Those with a strong performance in the climbing school can proceed directly to these climbs)
Denali
Vinson

Stage 4

Everest
Carstensz Pyramid (Rock climbing skills needed)

While the path to Everest is not always a precise one, many successful Everest climbers have climbed the following before a successful summit bid. After each course and/or climb, we can further assess and develop a specific set of climbs that best meets your needs.

Typically any fit enthusiast who would like to attempt Everest would complete the following mountaineering courses and climbs: (The order can be changed to accommodate seasons)

Please feel free to email with any questions, Gordon Janow, Director of Programs:  [email protected]

About Climbing with the 7 Summits Company

Throughout the years Alpine Ascents has assisted hundreds of climbers in reaching the highest points on each continent. Our success in guiding the seven summits is the highest in the industry. Since Dick Bass first proposed the endeavor, a significant percentage of climbers to complete the seven summits have climbed with or guided for Alpine Ascents International.

Why are there Eight 7 Summits?

Kosciuszko, 7,310 feet/2,228m, (pictured right), a non-technical peak, is the highest point in Australia. Australia has long been considered the seventh continent, but most now view Australia as part of the larger continental formation of Oceania. From that perspective, Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid – 16,023 feet/4884m) is by far the tallest peak. Most climbers with seven summits aspirations climb both peaks just to be sure.

All three guides were very patient and hands on, helping everyone in the team whether it was with new skills or refreshing exciting ones. There was plenty of practical learning/teaching before we ever left Talkeetna, not to mention on the mountain itself. Plus all three guides had great anecdotes!

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