Duration: 1st January – 31st January
Number of books: 7
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection
The Seven Summits are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. Summiting all of them has become noted as an exploration and mountaineering accomplishment.
This challenge is based on the Messner list, completed by legendary alpinist Reinhold Messner, which is considered a more challenging mountaineering objective than the Bass list.
1. Aconcagua for South America (22,841)
Set in the Andes near the Argentinean/Chilean border, a German team was first to reach its summit in 1897. It is among the world’s highest-altitude non-technical ascents, but its considerable elevation means it’s no easy feat and only an estimated 30% of climbers who attempt to reach the summit are successful.
🗻 Read a book set in South America (List of South American countries – tell us where) – or – read a book with “30” intact in the number of pages (tell us how many pages).
The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross (306 pages)
2. Denali (formerly McKinley) for North America (20,310)
Denali is one of the most isolated peaks on the planet. There was some controversy surrounding the peak’s first ascent after a reported 1906 climb was eventually found to be false. The first confirmed ascent was by an American group in 1913. Earlier in the season (late April through late May) is the best time to tackle Denali to avoid precipitation, but the Kahiltna Glacier experiences drastic and unpredictable weather changes, so you have to be prepared for anything.
🗻 Read a book in which there is some controversy or misdirection involved – or – read a book with a single mountain on the cover (show us the cover).
Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath
3. Kilimanjaro for Africa (19,341)
Kilimanjaro is technically three distinct dormant or extinct volcanoes. Today, it is the site of much scientific study thanks to its fast-receding glaciers and icefields. The standard route covers a huge variety of ecosystems and is largely considered more of a trek than a technical climb.
🗻 Read a book whose location starts with a letter in “Africa” – or – read a book with “Science” on the main genre page.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
4. Elbrus for Europe (18,510)
Set in the rugged Caucasus Mountains in Russia, this dormant volcano rises dramatically from the landscape around it. The first ascent of Elbrus’ slightly taller west summit (it has two) was by a British expedition in 1874, making it one of the first of the seven summits to be climbed.
🗻 Read a Series #1 book (tell us the series) – or – read a book set in Russia or Great Britain.
Dangerously Charming by Deborah Blake
5. Vinson for Antarctica (16,067)
This summit is named for US Congressman Carl Vinson, a major supporter of funding for American research and exploration of the continent. The first ascent was in 1966 by an American party. The peak isn’t technically demanding, but it’s incredibly cold and windy. The average temperature in the Ellsworth Mountains is around -20 degrees Fahrenheit but rises to a balmy -29 degrees in the summer between December and February, which is when most mountaineers attempt this one. Another perk is that the sun is also out 24 hours a day during these months, making the 10-day ascent up the Branscomb Glacier just a little easier.
🗻 Read a book set in Antarctica – or – read a book by an author who has written at least 20 books (tell us how many) – or – read a book with some sort of political connection (tell us how it fits).
Mastiff by Tamora Pierce (29 books)
6. Carstensz Pyramid (aka Puncak Jaya) for Australasia (16,024)
The first successful ascent was in 1962 by an Austrian team that included Heinrich Harrer (author of Seven Years in Tibet). Not only is the route technically demanding, but climbing requires a number of permits and a five-day hike through dense jungle. Because it’s so close to the equator, Carstensz Pyramid is climbable year round, but expect lots of rain.
🗻 Read a book by an author whose first and last names begin with the same letter – or – read a book with a “5” in the publication YEAR (tell us the year).
7. Everest for Asia (29,029)
The mother of all mountains, Everest is the highest point on the planet. First famously ascended in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, Everest is without a doubt the best-known peak in the world. Attempts to reach its summit are costly thanks to its remote location and, depending on the route, hazards like the notorious Khumbu Icefall. It’s considered the crowning achievement of a Seven Summits attempt. Most attempt this one in April or May.
🗻 Read a book whose title starts with “E” (disregard A, An, The) – or – read a book that is very well-known, meaning it’s been on the NY Times Best Sellers List from any time period (tell us when).