7 Challenges


The Seven Summits are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. Summiting all of them is regarded as a mountaineering challenge, first achieved on April 30, 1985 by Richard Bass

7 Belgian have climbed all 7 summits

- Rudy van snick

- Robert Huygh

- Willy Troch

- Wim Smets

- Bjorn Vandewege

- Jacques Pirenne

- Koen Wittevrongel

The Seven Summits are composed of each of the highest mountain peaks of each of seven continents. Different lists include slight variations, but generally the same core is maintained. The seven summits depend on the definition used for a continent, in particular where the border of that continent is. This results in two points of variation: the first is Mont Blanc or Mount Elbrus for the continent of Europe; and the second depends on whether one includes all of Oceania or mainland Australia as the continent, which results in either Mount Kosciuszko or Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid).

These are the mountains and their heights ;

Mount Everest, Asia (8848 m)

Aconcagua, South-America (6962 m)

Mount McKinley (Denali), North-America (6194 m)

Kilimanjaro, Africa (5895 m)

Elbroes, Europe (5642 m)

Mount Vinson, Antarctica (4892 m)

Carstensz Pyramid, Oceanië (4884 m)

Alpinism author Jon Krakauer (1997) wrote in Into Thin Air, that it would be a bigger challenge to climb the second-highest peak of each continent, known as the Seven Second Summits—a feat that was not accomplished until January 2012. This is especially true for Asia, as K2 (8,611 m) demands greater technical climbing skills than Everest (8,848 m), while altitude-related factors such as the thinness of the atmosphere, high winds and low temperatures remain much the same. Some of those completing the seven ascents are aware of the magnitude of the challenge.... :-)

Sofie started to climb her '7 summits challenge' in 2009 and is now on her way to

complete the list. When she succeeds, she will be the first Belgian woman to do so.

Been there, done that ;

1 ) Elbroes 5642 m , Europe   ( 2009 )

2 ) Aconcagua 6962 m, South-America   : ( 2010 )

3 ) Denali (McKinley) 6194 m , North-America  : ( 2012 )

4 ) Everest 8848m, Asia:  ( 21/05/2016 )

5 ) Carstensz Pyramid 4884m,  Oceanië : ( 15/06/2017 )

6 ) Kilimanjaro  , Africa : 19/08/2018

Last challenge ;

7 ) Mount Vinson , Antartica : december 2019

Everest 8848m
Aconcagua 6962m
Kilimanjaro 5895m
Denali 6194m
Elbroes 5642m
Vinson massief 4892m
Carstensz pyramid 4884m
Elbroes 5642m
Denali 6194m
Aconcagua 6962m
Mount Everest 8848m
Carstensz Piramide 4884m - Papua