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Jon Cook, Feb 2005: “It’s odd that I have little recollection of my thoughts of that 7 1/2 hour summit day climb. I think my mind just finds ways of blocking out pain and the concept of time and I just keep being able to plod. There was only one place to go, and that was up... It felt like forever, but at the same time the next thing I knew I was hugging the others at the top of the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas. I don’t know if I felt shocked or delighted or what but it was just so good to feel that sense of achievement and all the fears of failure blow away in the wind...”
Gregor Tait, Feb 2005: “The view of Aconcagua’s west wall from Base Camp is quite magnificent. It towers above you like an ever-rising fortress. Protecting the summit, the uppermost castle-like peaks reach high into the sky, dwarfing us below. The face changes during the day becoming a golden red in the evening as the sun sinks behind the mountains to our west...”

Seven Summits

North America

Mount McKinley (6194m) – May 2004
In the heart of Alaska, rising more than 20,000 feet from sea level, Denali (The High One) is the Native (Athabascan) American word for North America's highest peak, Mount McKinley. Regarded as the 'coldest' mountain in the world, Denali is just as beautiful as it is dangerous. The lower north peak was first climbed on April 3, 1910 by a group of climbers bringing a 6 by 12 foot American flag and a 14 foot spruce pole. Denali's higher South Summit was first climbed by Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens, Walter Harper and Robert Tatum on June 7, 1913. The first ascent of the most popular West Buttress route was made in 1951, by the party of Dr Bradford Washburn, well known for his excellent photographs of the Alaska Mountains.

Click here to read the 2004 Namaste Denali Expedition Report.

In association with the Alaska Mountaineering School

South America

Aconcagua (6962m) – Feb 2005
Aconcagua, the 'stone sentinel' is a mountain with many faces, situated near the Argentinean/Chilean border. Almost 7km in altitude it can be walked all the way to the summit via the normal route without needing crampons. Aconcagua, however, is often underestimated which has resulted in serious injuries and death, mostly on the normal route. The extreme cold, stormy winds and altitude make this mountain a serious undertaking. At 6962 meters or 22,841 feet, this makes it not only the highest peak of the Andes and South America, but in fact the highest point outside of Asia.

Click here to read the 2005 Namaste Aconcagua Expedition Report.

In association with Inka Expeditions


Kilimanjaro (5895m) – Aug 2005
Kilimanjaro is an extinct volcano, with 3 peaks: Kibo, Shira & Mawenzi. Kibo is the highest one (5895m) in the centre, Mawenzi is lower (5,149m or 16,896 feet) and east of Kibo, but more technical. Shira is less obvious, but it's also an extinct volcano. The summit of Africa and one of the most beautiful places on earth; close to the Kenyan border, the mountain is completely in Tanzania. There are many different routes, each passing rainforest, moorland and glaciers! Most people seize the opportunity of being in wildlife paradise and add a safari to their trip as well.

Click here to read the 2005 Namaste Kilimanjaro Expedition Report.

In association with Black Mamba Travels


Mount Vinson (4897m) – Date tbc
Vinson Massif, at 78°35'S, 85°25'W is 21km (13 miles) long and 13km (8 miles) wide. It lies on the southern part of the main ridge of the Sentinel Range. Named for Carl G Vinson, a Georgia congressman and a major force in 20th century US Antarctic exploration, it was first climbed in December 1966 by a combined group from the American Alpine Club and the National Science Foundation. Antarctica is what dreams are made of; a pristine, unspoiled environment where the snow really does shine whiter than white. Mount Vinson, situated on this the coldest, most windswept continent on earth, offers the climber a true wilderness experience. The standard route is a low technical climb in a potentially extreme environment, however, the reward of the summit offers breathtaking views to the neighbouring peaks of Mt Shinn and Mt Gardner and the South Pole beyond.

Read the Expedition Report - available soon

The 2006/7 Namaste Mt Vinson Expedition will be a part of an incredible Antarctica Adventure. Click here to find out more.


Mt Elbrus (5642m) – Date tbc
Europe’s highest mountain, Elbrus has two summits, the west summit is the highest: 5642m, the east summit is just a bit lower: 5621m. The local (Balkar) name: 'Mingi-Tau' means: 'Resembling a thousand mountains', because Elbrus is so big. A circular volcanic massif, it has a diameter of 18km and looks like a truncated cone capped by its 2 summits. The standard route is a high, long and marvellous expedition on moderately angled snow.

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Carstenz Pyramid (4884m) – Date tbc
Reaching 4884m, the Carstenz Pyramid is the highest point between the Himalayas and the Andes. It is a remote and mysterious mountain rising from dense jungle of Irian Jaya and frequently covered in mist. An expedition to it is not just a climbing venture, but a journey into the Stone Age and an incredibly rich experience. It is far from everywhere, no cars, no motorcycles, no bicycles and no restaurants.

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Everest (8850m) – Date tbc
The world’s highest mountain. Say no more…

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