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Sky High: Climbing the World's Highest Mountains

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For mountain climbers, summiting the world's highest peaks is usually a dream. And for some, that bucket list includes tackling the tallest mountain on every continent, known as the "Seven Summits." From Everest to Kilimanjaro, this list explores climbing the highest mountain on all seven continents, and also includes some of our other favorite summits.
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Everest Base Camp Trekking Rte, Khumjung 56002, Nepal
I sat on a cushionless bench picking the dirt from underneath my fingernails with the corner edge of a sunscreen bottle while the teahouse matron carved out the eyes of a potato next to me. As a war waged between my brush and the knots in my hair,...
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We made it to the top of not only the highest mountain on the African continent but the highest free-standing mountain in the world! The 7-day trek via Lemosho's western route was incredibly scenic and each day you put yourself to the task of...
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There are no guarantees the northern lights will start dancing on the night you look skyward, but it's so worth taking the chance. One of the great rewards for hanging out in Alaska once the dark and cold settle over the state, the northern...
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RN7 10, Mendoza, Argentina
South America's tallest mountain is Aconcagua, located in the Andes in western Argentina near the Chilean border, towers at 22,841 feet. It takes about two weeks of trekking to reach the summit and you'll need go with a guide. Try booking with...
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Antarctica
Located just 660 nautical miles from the South Pole, Vinson Massif in Antarctica is one of the famed "Seven Summits." Rising 16,067 feet above the sea, Vinson Massif is also one of the most remote mountains on the planet and can only be summited...
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Mt Elbrus, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia, 361616
As the highest point in Europe and one of the Seven Summits of the World, Mt. Elbrus makes it onto most mountaineers’ bucket lists. This long-dormant volcano is situated between the Caspian and Black Seas on the rugged and dramatic Caucus mountain...
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Puncak Jaya, Tembagapura, Mimika Regency, Papua, Indonesia
I climbed Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid), the highest mountain in the Australasian continent. Before getting to the higher altitude scenery (very alpine in fact), I trekked across a muddy and rainy jungle for several days, I was accompanied by...
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Cho Oyu
Thinking of climbing Everest someday? If you already have some altitude experience, consider trekking Cho Oyu first. Rising up from the border of Tibet and Nepal, the “Turquoise Goddess” is the sixth tallest mountain on Earth but considered the...
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3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Just as Rome has the Colosseum and Paris the Eiffel Tower, so Switzerland has the Matterhorn. Located above Zermatt, this 48,195-foot wonder attracts hordes of visitors, eager to see the morning sunlight beam off its four faces, ski its...
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Collegiate Peaks, Colorado 81211, USA
A drive from Buena Vista through the ghost town of Winfield leads into the valley of the Collegiates. Wildflowers adorn the windswept summit of Mount Harvard, the fourth highest mountain in the contiguous United States (14,421 ft). At the top,...