Climb the Volcanic Seven Summits – Jagged Globe

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Climbing the Seven Summits (the highest peak on each of the world’s seven continents) is becoming an increasingly popular objective for climbers. Some people are starting to look for new challenges with a similar theme. One alternative is to climb the highest volcano on each of the seven continents, a project known as the Volcanic Seven Summits.

Some of these peaks are popular with both international and local climbers. The climbing routes are well established and information is easy to find. Others are more obscure: information is harder to find and access harder to arrange. For several of these peaks different heights are quoted by different sources and there is little consensus as to what the most accurate figure is. There is even some dispute about the Asian summit. Most sources are happy to identify Damavand in Iran as the highest volcano in Asia, however there are questions about whether some volcanic vents on the Tibetean plateau should be considered instead

As more people become interested in climbing these peaks it is likely that a consensus will emerge on all the summit heights. However only time will tell if the seven peaks listed above will continue to be regarded as the highest summit of volcanic origin on each continent. Read more…

9 of the world’s hardest mountains to climb – Redbull

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Mountaineer Kenton Cool’s guide to the peaks that will take your climbing career to new heights. When it comes to climbing, Kenton Cool knows a thing or two. The British mountaineer has climbed all of the world’s highest peaks and was the first man to scale the horseshoe of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse in a single push. He has also reached the 8,848m summit of Everest 12 times – more than any other Briton.

But it’s not only the famously high Himalayan mountains that he classes as the most difficult to climb. Here Kenton reveals nine of the trickiest climbs to conquer – ideal for pros looking to hone their mountain skills. Read more…