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7summits.com April 2004 newsletter: new aconcagua routes & dates, april fools & much more..

The new 7summits newsletter april 2004

www.7summits.com irregular newsletter, April 2004

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Hello all you (armchair) Mountaineers!


You might have read our interim April 1 newsletter (see below Wink) but here it really is: your favorite newsletter, this time filled to the top with the following subjects:


- New Aconcagua 2004/2005 dates, routes & prices!

- 7summits April fools gag about Everest/K2 fools hundreds Grin

- New updated poster shop on 7summits.com with April discount, cheaper worldwide S&H rates.

- DVD of the month: Farther than the Eye can see

- New additions to the site: many new pictures/ecards & Google ads!

- New forum and forum boards! Sign the summitlog

- Pre announcement: Vinson 2004/2005 7summits.com again cheapest and now unguided climbs as well!

- Kilimanjaro 2004 trips same price as last years including new route!



New Aconcagua dates and prices online

+Our 2004/2005 Aconcagua trips are online now. The prices are the same as last year! Still thousands $$ less than the big US guys! We offer trips from December-January. Remember: even if only one person signs up we will go! But most trips already have participants signed up for them, so do not miss your chance to climb to the summit of South America


+ We have added a new route due to popular demand: Aconcagua from all sides! 

This means you go up the beautiful Vacas valley, climb the Polish traverse route and descent the faster Normal route, so you get the best of all routes and see all sides of Aconcagua using non-technical routes! Only 2 dates this season, so book it before it's gone 



+ Also this year we offer climbs up the Polish Glacier itself. Private trips only as this is a technical climb.

+ Another new addition to our trips is the option to climb 6000m Cerro Plata in 6 days as an acclimatization for Aconcagua. A very nice climb for only $480 and no park fees!

+ All trips can now be booked using the online bookingform






"K2 higher than Everest, Everest no longer one of the 7summits!" April fools...

+ This was the heading of the April fools gag we sent out as we felt everybody was getting to serious. When our friends at MountEverest.net picked it up and even enhanced the story all hell broke loose on the internet climbing community.

Over 1700 people checked out the post on the forum. Some were fooled and/or replied, see a collection of replies here

That same night I even got a Google alert telling me that K2 was higher than Everest! Cool

Only one person signed off from the mailing list, so I guess you enjoyed it or just couldn't care less...





New poster shop on 7summits.com with April discount


+Need a b-day gift, want to motivate someone or did you go on safari and forgot your 500mm zoom lens? We made a fresh selection of Art.com's over 100.000 prints and artworks and have placed them on the 7summits.com Postershop with categories Everest, Kilimanjaro, Denali & Alaska, Safari and Motivational. You can order with (and see how it looks online) or without frames. This makes a great gift for your climbing and non-climbing friends and family or gives you the chance to hike back on the memory lane. 


+ Some examples are on the right of this newsletter, click to go to the detailed info or visit the 7summits.com Postershop for all the selected art.


+April promotion: Check out the new 7summits.com poster and Art shop and the posters below, framed or unframed and take $15 off any order over $75 from now until April 30 ‘04! Copy this coupon code C273899679428 now and use it when checking out! Happy shopping :-)

+ Now the shipping costs to Europe and the rest of the world have been reduced enormously, so no more reasons not to order from outside the US!




DVD of the month April

Erik Weihenmayer/Michael Brown: Farther than the Eye can See


The movie about the first blind person climbing to the summit of Mount Everest has received much praise and was nominated for 2 emmys.
But it was only shown on specific networks and movie festival, so hard to see for many interested people. Now you can buy the DVD directly at the production company and watch it at home as well! Full report and review can be found here  

(Buy the DVD here) (The book can be bought here at amazon.com).




New additions to the site!

+Many new pictures: check out Fred Triep's Kilimanjaro pictures, Tim Hirst's Aconcagua tripreport and pictures, Rob Milnes new Vinson pictures and Carstensz pix by Rob & myself. Send them as ecards, or register and add your own!


+ Yet another new forum! We upgraded again, loads of new features, sign up and check them out. We also added a new summitlog board, so if you have climbed one of the 7summits, let the world know here!


+On top of many pages you will now see Google ads. This means the ads are based on the content of the page and therefore interesting for the site visitor. Now you can check out our advertising competition, while keeping our prices low!


+Also there have been reports of members who have seen flying... yaks on the forum! You have to sign up to see them, but if you catch them they might reward you with altitude points. Unless it is an evil yak of course...  




Vinson expeditions

- Pre announcement: Vinson 2004/2005. If you are interested in climbing Vinson, email us. The dates and prices are already online for those seriously interested, for the first time it is also possible to climb unguided if you are an experienced mountaineer.



Kilimanjaro trips for 2004: same price, new route: Rongai!

+ Remember there are plenty of other affordable expeditions available:  

Kilimanjaro: we have kept all our 2004 prices the same as 2002 and 2003! Book a 7summits.com Kili and safari trip and enjoy the summit of Africa for a great price; all trips are fully customizable. 


For Euro countries the trips have become about 20% cheaper, so enjoy the low US dollar while it lasts and book a fully serviced 7day (on the mountain, 9 days in total) Kili expedition from 790 €uro!


+ We already organized some trips, but now officially: we added the Rongai Route a route as 'easy' as the normal route, but without the huts and much more quiet and from the north side, spending time at Mawenzi peak before heading up to the summit. You might even see elephants on the way! Check out all prices and details on the trips page.




That's it for now, hope you enjoyed this newsletter, if not, just click the unsubscribe link and you are off


Looking forward to seeing you on the new site, remember you can post on the forum and upload your pictures and send them as ecards at the images gallery!,

thanks and keep climbing,




Harry Kikstra

Director, www.7summits.com

Below are some popular examples of art you can buy online in our new 7summits.com postershop:


Buy Everest Conquered! at Art.com

'Everest Conquered' newspaper


Buy Mt. Everest, Top of the World at Art.com

Everest North Side


Buy Vision - Mt. Kilimanjaro at Art.com



Buy Elephant by Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya at Art.com

Elephant & Kilimanjaro


Buy Mt. McKinley & Wonder Lake, 1947 (embossed) (Editor's Choice) at Art.com

Ansel Adams' 

Denali at Wonder Lake


Buy Cheetah at Art.com



Buy World Wildlife Fund - Lioness & Cub at Art.com

Lioness with cub


Buy The Key to Life is Balance at Art.com

The key to life is balance


Buy Teamwork at Art.com


""What we get from this is adventure and just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life." -- George Leigh Mallory, Climbing Everest: A history.

(more quotes can be found on the site here)

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Keep climbing,
the 7summits team

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