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Travel Reading Series: Two Books about the Seven Summits

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Anyone with any interest in mountaineering today has heard of the infamous Seven Summits – the highest point on each of the seven continents. But just 30 years ago, no one had ever heard of such a concept and only a few had even thought about it. No one had achieved the feat.

To learn more about the seven summit climbs, I read two books this month. The first is Beyond Everest: Quest for the Seven Summits written by Pat Morrow and published in 1986. The second was Seven Summits: The Quest to Reach the Highest Point on Every Continent edited by Steve Bell and published in 2000. Both books were fascinating and helped me to understand just how difficult these climbs can be.

To read the full book review click here.

Start your own quest for the Seven Summits and join one of our upcoming expeditions:

Aconcagua, Argentina, South America

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  • January 14-February 3, 2012
  • January 12-February 1, 2013

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa

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  • January 20 – February 2, 2012
  • July 13 – 26, 2012
  • September 1- 14, 2012
  • December 21, 2012 – January 3, 2013
  • December 28, 2012 – January 10, 2013
  • January 18-31, 2013
  • February 8-21, 2013

Mount Elbrus, Russia, Europe

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  • June 29, 2013-July 14, 2012
  • June 28, 2013 – July 13, 2013
  • June 28 – July 13, 2013
  • July 12-27, 2013

Mount Vinson, Antarctica

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Another Success for the Gellert Siblings!

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

John and Kate Gellert have successfully returned from the summit of Mount Vinson, Antarctica’s highest point. Not wind, nor snow, not low visibility, nor cold temperatures could stop this team from reaching their Antarctic goal. After bad weather kept them in their tents at Vinson high camp (12,400ft/3,700m) for 5 days and 6 nights, the Gellerts finally departed for the highest point on the Antarctic continent. On December 8, at 8:06pm local time, the team triumphantly stood atop the summit of Mount Vinson at 16,067ft/4,897m.

Congratulations to John and Kate! Their patience, positivity, and good senses of humor made the trip one to remember. The Berg Adventures crew would like to give a big thanks to John, Kate, assistant guide Pachi, all the friends they made at high camp, the ALE staff, and everyone else who helped them make this trip a success.

Cozy in the tent

On the summit

Read more about the Gellerts’ adventure and past Vinson expeditions in our dispatches.

Find more information about our Mount Vinson expedition here.

Gellerts Embark on Antarctica Expedition

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Expedition Date: November 26-December 11, 2010

With multiple Seven Summit expeditions under their belts, our brother and sister team, John and Kate Gellert, now head far south for the trip of a lifetime as they make their attempt the summit of Antarctica’s Mt. Vinson. The unspeakable grandness and sublime space of Antarctica is unmatched and will offer these explorers a brief glimpse at the pure, empty soul of our planet.

With Wally Berg as their guide, John and Kate will be faced with extreme isolation, bone-chilling cold, and punishing winds as they journey towards their goal—the summit of Mt. Vinson. This is the big one, and promises to challenge the limits of each climber’s endurance and ability.

Follow the drama of this adventure through daily dispatches, coming soon.