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Elbrus Update 1 of 2: Acclimatisation

In 5. Elbrus, Europeby Steve

Can They Make It Any More Difficult? Given the complexities of the Russian visa application process, you could be forgiven for thinking they don’t want any visitors… Ok, so I can hear you saying, “Why weren’t you more organized and apply the visa before you started the trip, rather than leaving it till the last minute?” Well that again comes …

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Kosciuszko Update 1 of 1: Kosciuszko Summit Wheelchair Challenge

In 4b. Kosciuszko, Australiaby Steve

Why Kosciuszko? Ok, so the first question is, “Why climb Kosciuszko? Doesn’t that make eight summits?” Well yes, it does make eight 7 Summits which granted, doesn’t make a lot of sense. But it all comes down to the definition of a continent. There are geographical continents defined by landmass on a single tectonic plate, there are political continents defined …

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Kilimanjaro Update 2 of 2: Summit and Back

In 3. Kilimanjaro, Africaby Steve

A Windy Night in Kosovo Camp Tuesday night at Kosovo Camp the wind blew strong all night. In the strongest gusts my tent would lay over covering me in fabric, then pop up again when it eased off. That combined with the constant rustle of the tent flapping in the wind made it difficult to sleep. At about 23:30 I …

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Kilimanjaro Update 1 of 2: Up to High Camp

In 3. Kilimanjaro, Africa, Project 7in4by Steve

The Travel Is Harder Than The Climbing For Climb No.3, Kilimanjaro, we had to make our way from Mendoza, Argentina to Moshi, Tanzania. Just a quick hop across the Atlantic Ocean….. Right?….. Wrong! To say I had been dreading this leg is an understatement. Our itinerary read: Mendoza to Buenos Aires – Flight time 1hr 35min; Layover 5hr 35min Buenos …

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Aconcagua 4 of 4: Trek Out and Wrap Up

In 2. Aconcagua, South America, Project 7in4by Steve

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…. Sitting in Aconcagua Base Camp Sunday night enjoying a nice BBQ after our successful summit we faced a dilemma….we were over a week ahead of schedule, what should we do with our spare time? With a speed record attempt you’d normally want to just keep pushing ahead as fast as possible, but unfortunately we can’t. There are …

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Aconcagua 3 of 4: Summit Push

In 2. Aconcagua, South America, Project 7in4by Steve

Wind, Wind and More Wind After a couple of days climbing up and down acclimatising, Friday we just kicked back in Base Camp relaxing and trying to pick a good weather window for our summit push. On the lower slopes it’s not too critical, but bad weather as you push higher can make for a miserable day out and feel …