Mariam Ktiri

Casablanca…the city of  my unforgettable childhood.
I grew up in this metropolis of more than 7 Million inhabitants. It’s the vibrating heart of Morocco. Growing up there made me dream Big. I was not really a calm child. I didn’t stick to the common social rules foreseeing a girl to play with dolls and help in the kitchen. This drove especially my mother mad. I loved climbing trees, riding my bike like crazy, making wood fire. As soon as the weather started to become warm, I setup a tent in our house garden and that became my home for most of the time. So I was pretty much outdoor oriented already as a kid. I loved learning languages, reading about new cultures, new countries. So I moved to Germany after High school to study Business Administration and International Relations. This time thought me to be independent and gutsy. After graduation I settled in the south part of Germany called Bavaria. It is where, I felt in love with alpine climbing. Initially, I was content hiking through picturesque Bavarian villages, but I soon sought a bigger challenge. The Seven Summits Project was born.

7 Summits in one Year

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.

  • May 2018
  • August 2018
  • September 2018
  • December 2018
  • January 2019
  • February 2019
  • May 2019
  • Denali

    Denali previously called Mount McKinley is 6190meters high. It is is the highest mountain peak in North America. With a topographic prominence of 6,144 meters and a topographic isolation of 7,450 km, Denali is the third most prominent and third most isolated peak on Earth, after Mount Everest and Aconcagua. Denali is located in the Denali National Park and Preserve of the Alaska Range in the interior of the U.S. state of Alaska.
  • Mount Elbrus

    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 - 5621 meters. It is the tenth most prominent peak in the world.
  • Kilimanjaro

    Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is 5,895 meters above sea level and therefore the highest mountain in Africa. It has five different climate zones: Bushland, Rainforest, Heather / Moorland, Alpine Desert Zone and the Arctic Zone.
  • Vinson Massif

    It is located in the north part of Vinson Massif's summit plateau. 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. The vast majority of prior climbs to the summit use the western side of the massif.
  • Aconcagua

    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

    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, by an expedition led by the Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer (of Seven Years in Tibet fame, and climber of the Eiger North Face).
  • Mount Everest

    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. The international border between Nepal and China (Tibet Autonomous Region) runs across its summit point. The current official elevation is 8,848 meters.

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