The Volcanic Seven Summits
This section of the website is under review.
It is clear that the challenge of climbing all of the Volcanic Seven Summits is becoming more popular. No-one had climbed them all before 2011. Even as of January 2019 only 19 had claimed to have done so – see below. However, the numbers attempting the challenge are growing and I anticipate ever increasing numbers.
Increasing popularity is shown by those who now claim to be the oldest or youngest to have completed the V7S or the oldest or youngest to have completed the Seven Summits/V7S combo. Expect to see those who have also skied to the North and South Poles and completed other challenges.
With increasing tensions surrounding relationships between some countries and Iran, the growth in numbers by nationals of those countries may well be restricted going forward if they have not already climbed Damavand. Time will tell.
The website explorersweb.com has recently (January 2020) published a short piece on the Volcanic Seven Summits:
Other parts of this website contain blogs on the seven volcanoes that are regarded as the highest on each of the seven continents:
Kilimanjaro – Africa.
Mount Giluwe – Australasia.
Pico de Orizaba – North America.
Ojos del Salado – South America.
Damavand – Asia.
Elbrus – Europe.
Mount Sidley – Antarctica.
One of the first people to highlight these volcanoes and the challenge was Amar Andalkar. He has a good website here (although it has not been updated for many years).
Wikipedia has a page on the Volcanic Seven Summits here. And for those who would like a lot more detail on volcanoes more generally the Smithsonian Institute runs a Global Volcanism Program site here.
For a media savvy volcanologist, take a look at Janine Krippner’s website. There’s a lot of good information there.
A book by Adrian Rohnfelder contains some stunning photography of the Volcanic Seven Summits – see here.
And a book by Ted Fairhurst covers not only the V7S but also the Seven Summits and motivation – see here – Dare to Reach L’Aventure de la Vie.
The link to V7S completers as at January 2019 is here. I have not heard of anyone completing this challenge since January 2019.
So when I find a moment I will update this page and consider:
- some views on what a volcano is.
- whether the list of the seven above is accurate.
- thoughts on some of the seven.
- other volcano challenges.
- any other issues that readers of this page (if any!) may have.