The Seven Summits are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents . Summiting all of them is regarded as a mountaineering challenge, first postulated as such in the 1980s by Richard Bass
Owing to different interpretations of continental borders (geographical, geological, geopolitical) several definitions for the highest summits per continent and the number of continents are possible. The Seven Summits number of seven continents is based on the continent model used in Western Europe, the United States and Australia.
The highest mountain in the Australian mainland is Mount Kosciuszko (2,228 m). However, the highest mountain in the Australian continent which includes Australia and New Guinea is Puncak Jaya (4,884 m), in the Indonesian province of Papua on the island of New Guinea which lies on the Australian continental shelf. Puncak Jaya is also known as Carstensz Pyramid.
Some sources claim Mount Wilhelm, 4,509 metres, as the highest mountain peak in Oceania, on account of Indonesia being part of Asia (Southeast Asia). The peak belongs to the Bismarck Range of Papua New Guinea. A Seven Summits list including Mount Wilhelm has never been widely supported or formally recognised.
In Europe, the generally accepted highest summit is Mount Elbrus (5,642 m) in the Caucasus. However, because the Caucasus form the border between Asia and Europe its inclusion in Europe is disputed. The highest mountain wholly within Europe is Mont Blanc (4,810 m) on the border of France and Italy.
I am planning to climb all the 7 summits on all 7 continents starting with Kilimanjaro on the 20th of September 2010 and ending with Mount Everest in 2014. As of March 2007 only 198 people had succeeded in achieving this. I also plan to climb Mount Blanc as this is on the border with France and Italy.
Only 60 people have climbed all 8.
As the costs for such an expedition exceed £100,000 we plan to organise a charity ball once a year and also a live music event with the Princes Trust also once a year as my wife Michelle used to be a fundraiser with them.
We are also going to try and attract media and TV coverage to try and gain sponsorship from regional businesses.
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