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7 summits and other mountain stuff => General => Topic started by: The Outdoor Type on Dec 30 2002, 03:11

Title: What to do next?
Post by: The Outdoor Type on Dec 30 2002, 03:11
Just curious as to what people thought the order of difficulty was regarding the 7 Summits.
Title: Re:What to do next?
Post by: 7summits on Dec 31 2002, 19:24
Hi Outdoor type!

thank you for your email and question; I think I will add this to the FAQ as more people need this info.

Anyway, there is already some logical progression when climbing the 7summits:

- Start with Kilimanjaro: no experience needed, you will find out how your body adapts to altitude
- Next should be Elbrus or Aconcagua: Aconcagua is non technical, but needs technical gear (plastic boots etc) due to the cold; Elbrus is snow and ice and needs basic crampon skills.
I would suggest you do a introductory Alpinism course before Elbrus.
- For Denali & Vinson you need more skills, a glacier course is recommended and needed, for example in the Alps, or on Mt Rainier. Rest is mostly physical training/workouts.
- For Carstensz you need rock climbing skills that can be learned in any indoor climbing gym whwre they also teach rope work. You can climb Carstensz as your first summit if you like as it is guided and rockclimbing can be learnt quickly.

If you climbed all of these 6, then you should be more than prepared for Everest, any additional things to learn can only be learned on the spot...

Let me know if you are interested in the 7summits trips and I can work with you to start your 7summits career!

Thanks in advance,
best regards,

Title: Re:What to do next?
Post by: Chadwick on Sep 7 2003, 19:27

Wow -- I was relieved when I saw the order you listed because that's pretty much the order I was looking at.  I am really new to this sort of thing -- I trekked to the Everest Base camp and then climbed Kili and that's it.  They were both fabulous trips, by the way.

Do you have any suggestions for people on the East Coast of the US who want to gain more experience and training?  
Title: Re:What to do next?
Post by: trunl on Oct 9 2003, 04:08
good question, maybe you should make it an FAQ and post it up there.