How The Seven Summits Got Their Names – Bryn Davies – Wired For Adventure

Mount McKinley

You may have heard of the seven summits of the world, the highest mountains in each of the seven continents: Aconcagua, Carstensz Pyramid, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Denali, Vinson, and of course Mt Everest. But do you know the origins of their names? Didn’t think so.

Many mountains have some kind of elaborate story behind their native names, and some are just, well, boring. There are lots of mountains such as Snowdon, Mont Blanc, Dhalugiri and countless others which are simply local terms for ‘white mountain’. So, do the magnificent seven summits of the world have a decent name to back them up?

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