Australian scales Everest, sets fastest seven summit record

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  • A 36-year-old Australian man named Steve Plain set a new record for the fastest climber ever to scale the “Seven Summits” after he climbed Mt. Everest
  • The “Seven Summits” are the highest peaks in seven continents
  • Steve took 117 days to complete the feat
  • The previous record was 126 days

36-year-old Steve Plain from Albury, Australia became the fastest climber ever to scale the “Seven Summits”, the highest peaks in seven continents; taking only 117 days to complete the feat after he climbed Mount Everest on Monday.

Steve reached the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak of the world’s tallest known mountain after climbing more than seven hours from the final camp to claim the record.

Ishwari Paudel, an official of the Himalayan Guides hiking company that handled logistics for the climber said: “He has set the record of climbing Seven Summits in the shortest time of 117 days.”

Steve grabbed the record from a Polish climber who took 126 days to complete the Seven Summits.

The seven summits are:

  1. Mt. Everest (Asia)
  2. Denali (North America)
  3. Elbrus (Europe)
  4. Vinson (Antarctica)
  5. Aconcagua (South America)
  6. Kilimanjaro (Africa)
  7. Papua New Guinea’s Carstensz Pyramid (Australasia/Oceania)

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