For serious mountain climbers, there’s more to life than just reaching the top of Mount Everest.
Australian Steve Plain completed his trek up the world’s tallest mountain Monday — and in the process, he set a record for summiting the highest peaks on all seven continents, doing it in 117 days.
He did it with more than a week to spare, easily besting the old record of 126 days.
What makes his accomplishment even more amazing is that less than four years ago, Plain was nearly paralyzed while body surfing when a wave threw him headfirst into the sand and fractured several of his vertebrae.
As he recovered, he made a vow to climb all seven summits in less than four months, calling it “Project 7 in 4.”
New 7 Summits World Speed Record. Project 7 in 4 complete. Here Steve stands on the summit of Everest, with Jon @mountexpeds and Pemba. Pemba assisted with Everest and Lhotse while Jon has been with Steve as friend and climbing partner for 6 of the 7 summits plus the high double, Nuptse attempt and Kosciuszko Steve has inspired many on his journey and we thank everyone for their wellwishes along the way and particularly since Monday. He will soon be back, rested and ready to return his many messages. Until then stay tuned for more photos in coming days. #Project7in4 #complete #everest #nepal #7summits #teamwork #believe #achieve #celebration #culmination #support #recover #mountain #mountaineer #mountainclimbing #worldrecord @mounteverestofficial @everest_roofoftheworld @natgeoadventure #abcmyphoto #nevergiveup
Plain began his record-breaking attempt in January by traveling to Antarctica. He then climbed these mountains in order:
– Vinson (16,050 ft.), Antarctica
– Aconcagua (22,837 ft.), South America
– Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft.), Africa
– Puncak Jaya (16,024 ft.)/Kosciuszko (7,310 ft.), Australia
– Elbrus (18,510 ft.), Europe
– Denali (20,322 ft.), North America
– Everest (29,029 ft.), Asia
After breaking the record, he celebrated with a post on Instagram: “What a day. I’m actually lost for words. Three and a half years ago I was lying in hospital with a broken neck and at that time set myself the goal climbing the 7 Summits in under 4 months. Today I completed that goal.”