Thanks Harry and MC for the comments!
Just like one of my climbing partners on that Denali trip is going back in 2008 (Bob Williams aka Frodo), my plan is to go back in 2008 AND 2009. I am now convinced I did not summit. The reason I will go back in 08 AND 09 is I have several friends that have asked me to be a part of their team. I do not think I want to mix these friends on the same Denali team. I do want to make sure that I summit in 08 though, and if I have to go solo, I will. MC, maybe you can join the team in 09? My philosophy is that the team should discuss ahead of time all options if someone gets sick or tired. Of course, safety is first, but I believe safety and success can both be achieved.
AS far as what constitutes a summit, I think that you need to believe yourself that you were on the summit (not what a guide, the park rangers, other climbers tell you), so this is why I am now going back for sure.
AS far as the Oceania thing, I truly believe Wilhelm is the highest, so I am okay with that. I will certainly climb Kosciusko as well as that was my plan all along, as I have had separate plans to go with good friends (Tanya) and past girlfriends (Breanna), but it just got delayed.
But Harry, as mentioned, I believe ALL 3 versions have good merit and will stand the test of time.
I am really happy that the 7 summits passion is alive and well. If you think about it, it was just over 20 years ago that Dick Bass started the dream for all of us. So in the whole realm of things, the 7 summits is just in the beginning stage.
All the best, Mountain John Christiana