As far as my researches indicate just twelve people have climbed all of the volcanic seven summits – see here. [My main Volcanic Seven Summits page has the up to date list of those who have climbed all of the Volcanic Seven Summits.]
ALE will be running an expedition to Mount Sidley next January. One person who will be on it is Ted Fairhurst, a Canadian from Montreal. Nothing too remarkable in that you might think, especially when you know that he has previously climbed the seven continental summits. It might be remarkable that he is aiming to ascend all the volcanic seven summits within a 12 month period. But Ted is 70. Yes, 70.
He has already climbed Kilimanjaro and Elbrus (again). He has recently reported:
“I summited Mount Damāvand in Iran yesterday 29 September 2017. It is the highest volcano in Asia at 5610m. It is now no. 3 in my challenge at 70 to climb the Volcanic Seven Summits in one year. Elbrus and Kilimanjaro completed in May/ June. I climbed it in 3 days only, which is quite fast for this size of mountain. Winds were about 75kph. At the summit the mountain emits powerful Sulfuric smoke and gas as seen in the photo. Damavand is very near the Caspian Sea which dramatically impacts its weather and has a special place In Persian Mythology. It is a potentially active volcano.
Tomorrow I fly to Papua New Guinea to climb Mount Giluwe, the highest in Oceania.“
Good luck to Ted.
I also understand that there are a couple of other people on the Sidley expedition who will also complete the seven in January. Climbing all of the Volcanic Seven Summits is obviously becoming more popular.
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