There are two commonly accepted versions of the Seven Summits: Carstenz and Kosciuszko. Many had considered the idea, but in the 1980s, two climbers undertook the challenge. The mountains on six continents were the same; however, when it came to Australia (which was American Dick Bass’s objective), Canadian Pat Morrow went for Carstenz Pyramid in Indonesia (Oceania). There continues to be much discussion as to which version is the true “Seven Summits”, and many climbers will climb both versions just to ensure that their “bases are covered” – myself included!!
Nepal, April/May 2007
Success on Mount Everest!!
Meagan McGrath climbed Mount Everest at 0507hrs on 21 May 2007. Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the World, at an altitude of 29,035 ft (8850m).
“It was the most fun I’ve ever had on expedition! I’m very grateful that I had this opportunity, and I look forward to future climbing expeditions, as well as participating in other adventures!”
She is the First Sudburian and Canadian Forces member to summit Mount Everest and to achieve the Seven Summits. As well, she is the youngest Canadian Woman to climb the Seven Summits.
Antarctica, December 2004 & January 2016
Meagan McGrath summitted Vinson Massif on two occasions: in December 2004 and January 2016. Vinson Massif is the tallest mountain in Antarctica, at an altitude of 16,066 ft (4897m).
Vinson Massif is located in the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains. Vinson Massif is not a technical climb, but because of Antarctica’s extreme environment, climbers must be prepared and cautious.
Climbing in Antarctica was a spectacularly beautiful experience. It was a special privilege to be able to climb in the Antarctic environment – truly a land of ice, snow and endless beauty.
On her second climb, Meagan was invited to be the Soldier Team Coach on the True Patriot Love Foundation expedition. The team was large, the group was great – a most unique and exceptional climbing experience.
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Mount McKinley (Denali)
Alaska, June 2003
Meagan McGrath climbed Mount McKinley June 2003. Mount McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America, at an altitude of 20,320 ft (6194m).
Mount McKinley (or Denali, as it is also known) is located in Alaska. It is a cold mountain that has arctic conditions and readily prepares a climber for future colder climbs. Meagan McGrath summitted McKinley via the Upper West Rib.
One of the interesting features of climbing Mount McKinley, while Meagan McGrath was there, was the ski-jumping activity that took place at Advanced Base Camp, an elevation of approx 14,000ft. You never know what type of activity you’ll find in the thinner air!
Tanzania, April 2002 & August 2008
Meagan McGrath successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in April 2002 and in August 2008. Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa, at an altitude of 19,563 ft (5963m).
Meagan first summited Kilimanjaro (19,563 ft / 5963m) in 2002. She was offered another chance to climb the peak in 2008, when she was invited to be the “Western” guide for the expedition.
The team successfully summitted the “Roof of Africa” in August 2008!
Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania, Africa. Typically, the departure city for climbing trips to Kilimanjaro is Arusha. Many climbers regard Kilimanjaro as an appropriate mountain for an introduction to high altitude mountaineering. It is not technical, but a climber will likely feel the effects of altitude near the top. The last few hundred meters may test some climber’s limits of their physical and mental endurance. No matter what elevation a climber attains, it is that person’s sense of achievement and of having pushed themselves to their personal limits that is the reward.