Project 7in4


Steve’s Goal

Climb the 7 Summits, the Highest Mountain on each of the Seven Continents, in under 4 Months.

On May 14, 2018, Steve took the final step to the summit of Everest and in doing so completed his goal of climbing the 7 Summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, in under 4 months. In addition to achieving his personal goal, he also set a new 7 Summits world sped record.

In 117 days Steve climbed Vinson in Antarctica; Aconcagua in Argentina; Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; Carstensz Pyramid in West Papua; Kosciuszko in Australia; Elbrus in Russia; Denali in America and Everest in Nepal.

Project 7in4 was much more than just a test of physical endurance and stamina. Meticulous preparation and planning, mental resilience, critical decision making, risk management and team work in extreme environments were all critical to the overall project success.

Project 7in4 Gallery

GPS Tracking

Steve plotted and recorded his entire journey with GPS tracker to the highest point on every continent. Click link below to follow Steve’s footsteps and see photos and videos along the climbing routes.

GPS Tracking

Project 7in4

7 Summits World Speed Record!

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1. Vinson

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  • Continent: Antarctica
  • First Ascent: 1966, Nicholas Clinch
  • Did you know: Vinson Massive was discovered in 1958 by a US Navy Aircraft and was named after United States congressman Carl G. Vinson, for his support for Antarctic exploration.

Vinson, 4892m

Antarctica

Steve's Climb

Steve successfully summited Vinson on 16th January, 2018.

Vinson Gallery

2. Aconcagua

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  • Continent: South America
  • First Ascent: 1897, Matthias Zurbriggen
  • Did you know: Aconcagua is the highest point on earth outside of the Himalayas.

Aconcagua, 6962m

South America

Steve's Climb

Steve successfully summited Aconcagua on 28th January, 2018.

Aconcagua Gallery

3. Kilimanjaro

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  • Continent: Africa
  • First Ascent: 1889, Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller
  • Did you know: Kilimanjaro is a volcanic mountain. While it is a single mountain, it actually consists of three separate volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again one day.

Kilimanjaro, 5895m

Africa

Steve's Climb

Steve successfully summited Kiliamnjaro on 14th February 2018.

Kilimanjaro Gallery

4a. Carstensz Pyramid

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  • Continent: Australasia
  • First Ascent: 1962, Heinrich Harrer
  • Did you know: During the early 1900’s the neighbouring peak of Ngga Pulu was higher than Carstensz Pyramid due to its large glacial capped summit extending above 4900m. Due to extensive snow melt, Ngga Pulu has reduced in height to 4862m, leaving Carstensz Pyramid the highest point.

Carstensz Pyramid, 4884m

Australasia

Steve's Climb

Steve successfully summited Carstensz Pyramid on 14th February 2018.

Carstensz Gallery

4b. Kosciuszko

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  • Continent: Australia
  • First Ascent: 1840, Paul Edmund Strzelecki (and previously by indigenous Australians)
  • Did you know: Kosciuszko was named in honour of Polish freedom fighter, General Tadeusz Kościuszko, because of its perceived resemblance to the Kościuszko Mound in Kraków, Poland.

Kosciuszko, 2228m

Australia

Steve's Climb

Steve successfully summited Kosciuszko on 3rd March 2018.

Kosciuszko Gallery

5. Elbrus

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  • Continent: Europe
  • First Ascent: 1874, British expedition led by F. Crauford Grove
  • Did you know: Elbrus is an inactive volcano, with the last eruption estimated to be approximately 50 AD.

Elbrus, 5642m

Europe

Steve's Climb

Steve successfully summited Elbrus on 13th March 2018.

Elbrus Gallery

6. Denali

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  • Continent: North America
  • First Ascent: 1913, Walter Harper and Robert Tatum
  • Did you know: Dr. Frederick Cook claimed to have made the first ascent of Denali in 1906 but this was later proven false when a sketch revealed he was actually on a lower neighbouring peak. The first confirmed ascent was 7 years later in 1913.

Denali, 6190m

North America

Steve's Climb

Steve successfully summited Denali on 3rd April 2018.

Denali Gallery

7. Everest

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  • Continent: Asia
  • First Ascent: 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
  • Did you know: Mystery continues as to whether Hillary and Tenzing were the first to reach the summit of Everest, or if it was actually summited 30 years earlier by George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. Mallory and Irvine attempted Everest’s North side in 1924. They were last seen high on the mountain, still heading up. Mallory’s body has since been found, but it is still unknown whether they died on the ascent, or actually made the summit and died on the decent.

Everest, 8848

Asia

Steve's Climb

Steve successfully summited Everest on 14 May 2018.

Everest Gallery

Giving Back

Funds raised for Surf Life Saving and SpinalCure
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Through Project 7in4, Steve was passionate about raising awareness and funds for two not-for-profit organisations which he has close affiliation with through his accident; SpinalCure Australia and Surf Life Saving WA.

With the generous support of all who donated to Project 7in4 along with the Rotary Kosciuszko Summit Wheelchair Challenge and the amazing Everest Base Camp Trekking Team, together we raised an amazing $44,606 for Surf Life Saving and SpinalCure.

Giving Back

Thank You

Project 7in4 would not have been the success it was without all those who supported. Steve would like to particularly thank the following people:

  • Tanya Plain

    Media Manager & Sister Extraordinaire

  • Jon Gupta

    Partner in Climb

  • Gary and Lara Matier

    The Surf Life Savers

  • Mum and Dad

    The Life Supporters

  • Fiona Plain

    Social Media Guru

  • Everest Base Camp Trekking Team

    Each on their own journey reaching new heights

  • Turramurra and Cooma Rotary Clubs

    Organisers of the Kosciuszko Summits Wheelchair Challenge


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