The ‘7 Summits’ is a pre-existing challenge to summit the tallest peak on each continent. The previous world speed record for summiting all seven currently stands at 126 days by Polish mountaineer Janusz Kochanski in 2017.
Everest (left) and Lhotse (right) – a rare view from high on Nuptse of the highest and 4th highest mountains in the world. Taken by Jon Gupta during their Nuptse attempt.
In order to break this record, Steve Plain and Project 7in4 had to successfully summit the tallest peak on each continent, with the clock starting once at the summit of the first, and ending at the summit on the last:
- Mt Vinson (Antarctica, 4892m) 16.01.18
- Mt Aconcagua (S. America, 6962m) 28.01.18
- Mt Kilimanjaro (Africa, 5895m) 14.02.18
- Carstensz Pyramid (Australasia, 4884m) 24.02.18
- Mt Elbrus (Europe, 5642m) 13.03.18
- Mt Denali (N. America, 6190m) 03.04.18
- Mt Everest (Asia, 8488m) 14.05.18