The Seven Sum­mits Chal­lenge

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The Seven Sum­mits are the high­est moun­tains of each of the seven con­ti­nents. There are dif­fer­ent lists with slight vari­a­tions, de­pend­ing on the def­i­ni­tion used for a con­ti­nent or the tec­tonic plates or the moun­taineers first com­plet­ing the list. Undis­puted are Mount Ever­est, 29,029 feet (Eurasian Plate); Aconcagua, 22,837 feet (South Amer­i­can Plate); De­nali (formerly known as Mount Mckin­ley), 20,310 feet (North Amer­i­can Plate); Mount Kil­i­man­jaro, 16,100 feet (African Plate); Mount Vin­son, 16,050 feet (Antarc­tic Plate); fol­lowed by ei­ther the Mont Blanc in Europe with 15,777 feet or Mount El­brus in Rus­sia with 18,510 feet, Pun­cak Jaya (or Carstensz Pyra­mid) with 16,024 ft or Mount Kosciuszko with 7,310 feet (both on the Aus­tralian Plate); and oc­ca­sion­ally Mauna Kea on Hawaii with 13,802 feet (Pa­cific Plate) or Mount Wil­helm in Pa­pua New Guinea with 14,793 feet. In­ter­est­ingly, Mont­blanc went with a ver­sion with­out the Mont Blanc (but con­se­quently one of the two most com­monly used lists), fo­cus­ing on the seven high­est moun­tains per con­ti­nent: De­nali, Ever­est, El­brus, Pun­cak Jaya, Vin­son, Kil­i­man­jaro and Aconcagua. The Seven Sum­mits achieve­ment is re­garded as a moun­taineer­ing chal­lenge, first achieved on April 30, 1985, by Amer­i­can ad­ven­turer and moun­taineer Richard Daniel "Dick" Bass (1929 - 2015). In only one year, 1983, Bass climbed six peaks (Aconcagua, De­nali, Kil­i­man­jaro, El­brus, Vin­son and Kosciuszko). Two years later, Bass fi­nally reached the sum­mit of Mount Ever­est and was able to com­plete his list. Hav­ing been nei­ther a ge­ol­o­gist nor a ge­og­ra­pher, Bass de­fined each con­ti­nent by its out­line and there­fore in­cluded Aus­tralia’s high­point, Mount Kosciuszko. In the same year, Amer­i­can moun­taineer Gerry Roach be­came the sec­ond per­son to climb the same Seven Sum­mits. The first moun­taineer to as­cend Ever­est, Aconcagua, De­nali, Kil­i­man­jaro, Vin­son, Carstensz Pyra­mid and Mont Blanc was fa­mous Ital­ian climber Rein­hold Mess­ner in 1986.

Ni­co­las Baret­zki, Mont­blanc's CEO, sees the 1858 as "a recog­ni­tion of that ef­fort, of that chal­lenge, and of the plea­sure of be­ing out­doors."

The ti­ta­nium snap-on case­back is per­fectly aligned and PVD treated. It fea­tures a list of the Seven Sum­mits, an en­grav­ing of the Mont Blanc moun­tain, a com­pass sym­bol and two crossed ice pick-axes.

The com­par­a­tively low po­si­tion of the crown is a clear in­di­ca­tion of a mod­ule placed on top of the au­to­matic move­ment. The crown fea­tures the brand's logo, a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the snow­cov­ered peak of Mont Blanc.

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