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The Volcanic Seven Summits

Updated: Mar 20

more than 500 more people have climbed the Seven Summits — the highest mountains on each continent. The Volcanic Seven Summits a less known mountaineering challenge, which was first accomplished by Italian Mario Trimeri. to date less than 30 people to date have accomplished this feat.

1- Kilimanjaro (5,895m) Tanzania

Arguably the most famous and the easiest of Seven Volcanic Summits & the popular Seven Summits, The first known ascent of Kilimanjaro was by German duo Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889. Up to 35,000 people attempt to climb it each year, but less than 50 percent make it to the top due to the altitude and lack of experience.

Mount Kilimanjaro was the first I have ever climbed, and I summited on 30 December 2015.

2- Elbrus (5642m) Russia

located in Russia and bordering Georgia, is Europe’s highest peak. Its east summit (5,621m) was first reached in 1829 by a local Circassian guide, Khillar Khachirov, who was working for an Imperial Russian army scientific expedition. In 1874, a British-Swiss team led by Florence Crauford Grove and his local guide, Akhia Sottaiev, reached the west summit (5,642m).

summited on 18 July 2017.

3- Mount Giluwe (4,368m) Papua New Guniea

Mount Giluwe is located in Papua New Guinea’s grassy Southern Highlands and is a 650,000 to 800,000-year-old shield volcano, a type where swiftly flowing lava forms broad and gentle slopes. Two kilometres separate its two volcanic plug summits. During the last Ice Age, 150m-thick glaciers covered Giluwe’s upper slopes. The Leahy brothers from Australia were the first to climb it in 1935, and one of the duo, Mick, also embarked on several gold prospecting expeditions on foot and by light aircraft in the region. From Mailka village (3,450m), one can reach the summit in a four-day round trip, and many climbers frequently tie in their journey with an ascent of Mt. Wilhelm (4,509m), the country’s highest point.

Summited on 21 July 2018.

4- Pico Di Orizaba (5,636m) Mexico

The dormant Pico de Orizaba is Mexico’s highest peak, and its northern slopes are home to nine glaciers, with Gran Glaciar Norte being the country’s largest. American soldiers F. Maynard and William F. Raynolds completed the first ascent in 1848. Nowadays, up to 2,000 people per year attempt to climb it, and about half that number reach the summit.

Summited on 6 January 2019.

5- Damavand (5,610m) Iran

Mount Damavand is the highest peak in Iran and the Middle East, as well as the overall highest volcano in Asia. On a clear day, you can see the Caspian Sea 70km away. Fumaroles on its summit suggest that it is potentially active, although it last erupted in 5300 BC, around the heyday of ancient Egypt. The first known person to reach the top was Iranian poet and travel writer Abu Dulaf al-Khazraji more than a millennia ago. Over the centuries, local Iranians have mined sulfur from its slopes and caldera.

Summited 11 August 2019.

6- Ojos Del Salado (6893m) Chile

Located on the Argentinian-Chilean border, Ojos del Salado is an active stratovolcano, meaning that it was formed by multiple layers of ash, pumice, and lava. Jan Alfred Szczepański and Justyn Wojsznis of Poland first climbed it in 1937. The easiest way to the summit is up the Chilean side, which has three refuges between 4,500 and 5,800m, compared to the Argentinian route, which is tents-only.

Summited on 6 January 2019.

7- Sidley (4258m) Antarctica

Although Mount Sidley is the lowest Volcano of The Volcanic Summits, but it’s the coldest and the most difficult to reach due to the logistics and It’s hefty price which can reach 60 thousand us dollars, Located in The Executive Committee Range of Marie Byrd Land has five 2,610m to 4,285m volcanoes, scattered over an 80km north-south line. Another eight subsidiary peaks lie in their vicinity. New Zealander Bill Atkinson first climbed Mt. Sidley in 1990 while working on a scientific field party for the United States Antarctic Program. Approximately 11 teams totaling 60 people have reached its summit.

Summited on 22 December 2021

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