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Mountain Key Chain: Gift for Climbing Seven Summits

Posted by Kyle Design on September 12, 2007

Mountain Climber Key ChainI like to comment from time to time on custom gifts that are ordered and engraved. We recently had someone order our Mountain Key Chain with the following engraving:

In Honor of (Gift Recipient’s Name)
Climber of the Seven Summits,
4/1/2005 to 8/21/2007. 142,746 vert. feet.

The Seven Summits are the highest peaks on each of the 7 continents. Here is a List of the Seven Summits, with heights (feet and meters), the continents and countries they are in, and the mountain range they are part of.

Continent Mountain Height – Feet Height – Meters Country Range List
Africa Kilimanjaro 19,340 5,895 Tanzania Kilimanjaro Messner / Bass
Antarctica Vinson Massif 16,069 4,897 Chile (Claimed) Ellsworth Mountains Messner / Bass
Asia Everest 29,035 8,848 Nepal, China Himalaya Messner / Bass
Australia Kosciuszko 7,310 2,228 Austalia Great Dividing Range Bass
Australia-New Guinea Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) 16,023 4,884 Indonesia Pegunungan Maoke Messner
Europe Elbrus 18,511 5,642 Russia Caucasus Messner / Bass
North America Mount McKinley (Denali) 20,230 6,194 United States Alaska Range Messner / Bass
South America Aconcagua 22,841 6,950 Argentina Andes Messner / Bass

So based on the total vertical feet, this woman climbed Kilimanjaro, Vinson, Everest, Carstensz Pyramid, Elbrus, Denali and Aconcagua. Congratulations to her for this amazing feat, especially as there are very few women who have climbed the Seven Summits – the vast majority are men. Here is a great list of everyone who has climbed the 7 Summits, although the last person on the list summited their seventh peak on January 1, 2007.

There are two lists of Seven Summits, based on whether you include Oceania as part of the Australian continent or not. Richard Bass created a list with Mount Kosciuszko, the tallest peak on the Australian mainland, and Reinhold Messner created his list by including Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia. As of March of 2007, only 198 people have climbed either the Bass or Messner lists of the top seven summits, so we here at Kyle Design are proud to have our Mountain Key Chain chosen as a gift for this particular woman.

As a side note, K2 is the second tallest mountain in the world, and Aconcagua is the second tallest of the 7 summits. Also note, Mont Blanc is the highest in Europe if you count the Caucasus in Russia as being part of Asia. As it can be difficult to get accurate readings at high altitudes, there may be some variations in the official heights listed in the table above based upon new readings.

Mountain Pill BoxIf you are looking for artistic gifts in an unusual theme, be sure to visit the Kyle Design website of custom gifts. We create very special presents in over 250 designs and 30 colors, plus offer custom engraving, so you can find the perfect gift.


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