This blog follows my recent blog on December 2021’s Sidley expedition. As indicated in that blog, there was one additional person who had then completed the Volcanic Seven Summits. I can now report that two more individuals can now be added to the list. So this blog provides an updated list of Volcanic Seven Summiters – January 2022.
In addition to Yousef al Refaie who completed last month, we now have Robbi Malandreniotis (UK) and Jarryd Commerford (USA/UK/IRE) who summited Ojos del Salado on 9th January 2022.
It sounds like the ascent was fairly brutal with a 16 hour round trip. That compares with the 11½ hours I took when I did the climb. But many congratulations to them both.
There are now 26 climbers on the list. Five are women and 15 have also climbed one or other (or both) versions of the Seven Summits.
With people completing the Volcanic Seven Summits on the same day, I list them in alphabetical order by surname. So, if it matters, the list does not necessarily reflect the order in which people reached a summit. I have noted them with the same number rather than seeking to give any individual preference over any other.
As ever I remain aware of a number of people who have just one or two more volcanoes to climb in order to complete the challenge. For most, but certainly not all, this is Mount Sidley.
But I imagine that I am unaware of others who are close to finishing. If anyone reading this blog has any information anyone who is pursuing this challenge I would be glad to have it. Likewise if there are any errors or omissions in the list please let me know. I am always happy to correct these.
|Climber, nationality and age at completion||Date of Final Summit||Final summit|
|1.||Mario Trimeri (Italy) (58)||24th January 2011||Mount Sidley|
|Crina "Coco" Popescu (Romania) (16)||24th January 2011||Mount Sidley|
|3.||Vyechaslav Adrov (Russia) (50)||18th January 2013||Mount Sidley|
|4.||Aleks Abramov (Russia) (47)||13th September 2013||Mount Giluwe|
|5.||Olga Rumyantseva (Russia) (36)||9th December 2013||Ojos del Salado|
|6.||Vitaliy Simonovic (Russia) (42)||19th December 2013||Ojos del Salado|
|7.||Francois Bernard (Fr) (49)||17th January 2014||Mount Sidley|
|8.||Sophie Cairns (UK) (32)||10th June 2014||Elbrus|
|9.||Paul Nicholson (Canada) (54)||5th December 2014||Ojos del Salado|
|10.||Liana Chabdarova (Russia) (28)||12th January 2015||Ojos del Salado|
|11.||Andrey Filkov (Russia) (49)||16th September 2015||Damavand|
|12.||James Stone (UK) (59)||14th January 2017||Mount Sidley|
|13.||Daniel Bull (Australia) (36)||27th April 2017||Ojos del Salado|
|14.||Katie Sarah (Australia) (49)||14th January 2018||Mount Sidley|
|15.||David Hamilton (UK) (56)||10th February 2018||Ojos del Salado|
|16.||Theodore (Ted) Fairhurst (Canada) (71)||9th December 2018||Ojos del Salado|
|17.||Vladislav Lachkaryev (Russia) (42)||15th January 2019||Mount Sidley|
|Satyarup Siddhanta (India) (35)||15th January 2019||Mount Sidley|
|Sándor (Sanya) Tóth (Hungary) (41)||15th January 2019||Mount Sidley|
|20.||Vaughan de la Harpe (South Africa) (63)||18th January 2020||Mount Sidley|
|Arthur Marsden (South Africa) (58)||18th January 2020||Mount Sidley|
|Oleg Mezentsev (Russia) (39)||18th January 2020||Mount Sidley|
|David Roskelley (USA) (51)||18th January 2020||Mount Sidley|
|24.||Yousef Al Refaie (Kuwait) (24)||22nd December 2021||Mount Sidley|
|25.||Jarryd Commerford (USA/UK/IRE) (35)||9th January 2022||Ojos del Salado|
|Robbi Malandreniotis (UK) (44)||9th January 2022||Ojos del Salado|
And the Seven Summits?
None of the recent completers have current seven summits ambitions. So there have been no changes to the details in the next couple of paragraphs as far as I am aware.
Aleks Abramov, Vitaliy Simonovic, Dan Bull, Ted Fairhurst, Satyarup Siddhanta and David Roskelley have also completed the seven continental summits (both Carstensz and Kosciuszko versions).
Mario Trimeri, François Bernard, David Hamilton, Vladislav Lachkaryev, Vaughan de la Harpe, Arthur Marsden and Oleg Mezentsev have completed the seven continental summits (Carstensz version).
Andrey Filkov and Katie Sarah have completed the seven continental summits (Kosciuszko version).
I have consistently written before that the V7S challenge is becoming more popular. There is a trend amongst those who have completed the 7S to look for other endeavours to complete. Perhaps this is not surprising for a group of driven individuals. The V7S is a part of this. But there are other challenges.
So François Bernard, Vitaliy Simonovich, Vladislav Lachkaryev, Vaughan de la Harpe and Arthur Marsden have also skied to the North and South Poles. You can expect at least a couple more achieving this combination in the course of the coming year, Covid-19 permitting.
I am also aware of other challenges that are being looked at.
But who has actually climbed the highest volcano in Australia? Should this not be one of the Volcanic Seven Summits?