Seven Summits by Ktiri
“The moment we get out of our comfort zone, we start experiencing new environments. It’s when the adventure begins. “
My name is Mariam Ktiri and I climbed the Seven Summits in just one year. Through my webpage, I would like to share with you my experience and my path. A path, which started in Casablanca in Morocco, crossed miles to reach the top of every continent and raised to the top of the world “Mount Everest”. It’s when I got out of my comfort zone, that I got into this amazing adventure. I took up the challenge of climbing the Seven Summits. Those are the highest peaks in every continent. It made me travel around the globe. I visited many countries and learned various cultures in only one year.
The Seven Summits are mountains that require physical and mental strength. Due to their high altitude, they are subject to extremely harsh weather conditions like temperatures up to -40 degrees Celsius. I experienced winds in the summit days until 56 km/h. In those conditions, I learned to surpass myself. I kept focusing on my target. This gave me motivation and power to continue though those extremely difficult conditions.
My biggest lessons learned is, that we figure out our capabilities only through pushing our limits.
Denali previously called Mount McKinley is with its 6.144 meters the highest mountain peak in North America. The West Buttress route, considered to be the safest and therefore the most popular currently in use.
Elbrus is is a dormant volcano in the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia, only 20 km from the Georgian border. It is the highest mountain of the European continent. Its West summit is 5642 meters high, the East one is 21 m shorter – 5,621m.
Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is 5,895 meters above sea level and therefore the highest mountain in Africa.
Vinson is the highest peak in Antarctica, at 4,892 metres. Mount Vinson is more than 1,200 Km from the South Pole, making it the most remote of the Seven Summits. It was also the last discovered, last climbed and last named of the Seven Summits.
Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside of Asia,being the tallest in both the Southern and Western Hemispheres with a summit elevation of 6,960.8 metres. It is located in the Principal Cordillera of the Andes mountain range situated in Argentina.
Carstensz pyramid also called Puncak Jaya is 4,884 m (16,024 feet). It is the highest mountain peak in Oceania. The now-highest Carstensz Pyramid summit was not climbed until 1962.
Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha, in Tibetan as Chomolungma and in Chinese as Zhumulangma, is Earth’s highest mountain above sea level. It is located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas.
Seven Summits Challenge
For the 7 summits in general I was inspired by follow climbers who summited peaks like Kilimanjaro. Normally it takes several years to finish the challenge. But I decided to push it to the limit, train my physical but especially my mental strength and discover new capacities in myself. It was tough. Still I have to say, that this was not a decision overnight because of many factors: Physical condition, preparation, time…Not to mention all the risks related to this challenge…like high altitude, risk of injuries…etc. and of course the Financials. So, it took many years to get all prerequisites before starting this journey in May 2018. It’s when I headed to Alaska to start my first Challenge “Denali”. End of May 2019 I came back from the last expedition, Everest, after having finished successfully this incredible project. It was a very tough journey, physically but more mentally. I had to function a whole year long. The breaks between the summits were short. I trained my body and my mind to recover and rest in such a short time, that I was able to go from an expedition the other without a break. I tackled for instance Aconcagua immediately after Vinson. Scroll below to get more insights into my Seven Summits Journey.
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The Seven Summiter Mariam
My name is Mariam ktiri /´ma:raɪm-/ /´kti:ri/ (in Arabic: مريم الكثيري). I am Moroccan and by nationality also German. I spent my childhood and my adolescence in Morocco. I come from a middle-class family. My parents invested in our education. I grew up bilingual. My father used to talk to us in French and my mother in Arabic. Later I learned English and German. I left Morocco to study in Germany. Being confronted with a totally different culture and been away from my family thought me a lot. I learned to become independent. I became responsible for myself. After completing my studies, I joined the corporate world. I became a Consultant and settled in Munich, a city in the South of Germany. In my free time I starting going to the mountains. I climbed hundreds of mountains in the Western Alps. Later I decided to take up the challenge of climbing the Seven Summits. I successfully completed this challenge between Mai 2018 and Mai 2019. I also climbed Lhotse 8,516 meters, the fourth highest mountain in the world in one Push with Everest. I became the only woman in the world, who has climbed the Seven Summits and two 8000 meters peaks in the same year!